And for the more than 20 million veterans in this country ó many of whom, like me, are living with disabilities ó itís especially grievous that a lobbying group would act against the best interests of those who have sacrificed so deeply for our country.
During this week ó the celebration of the sacrifices that so many people have made for our great American democratic experiment ó I look forward to the parades and watermelon and VFW cookouts. And I always will.
But I also look forward to the day that all Americans ó regardless of physical ability, military service or any other factor ó are able to fully celebrate the day, without that twinge of sadness and without feeling like a second-class citizen. Thatís what I served my country for and thatís what I continue to work toward every day of my life.
Paul Tobin is president and CEO of the United Spinal Association.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.