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.