And for the more than 20 million veterans in this country — many of whom, like me, are living with disabilities — it’s 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 — the celebration of the sacrifices that so many people have made for our great American democratic experiment — 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 — regardless of physical ability, military service or any other factor — are able to fully celebrate the day, without that twinge of sadness and without feeling like a second-class citizen. That’s what I served my country for and that’s what I continue to work toward every day of my life.
Paul Tobin is president and CEO of the United Spinal Association.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.