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Celebrate Independence By Helping Our Veterans

America needs to do more to take care of those that made our freedom possible.

9:00 AM, Jul 4, 2011 • By PAUL RIECKHOFF
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Staff Sergeant Giunta is as humble as they come, and constantly downplays his heroic actions. But he’s right. Every Iraq and Afghanistan veteran did do something. They fought these wars in our name. Now we need to help them fight their wars back home. The Fourth of July is all about our nation’s history. And this chapter is still being written.  Will we rise to the challenges faced by our returning veterans and stand with them, or will we ignore them and leave them to their own battles? Will the postwar treatment of this generation of veterans be a national scar or a badge of honor? Only time – and immediate action by all Americans – will tell.

Paul Rieckhoff is the founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the author of "Chasing Ghosts: A Soldier's Fight for America From Baghdad to Washington."

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