Commentary: American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

Posted October 9, 2014 at 5:00am

Chris Marvin, founder and managing director of the Got Your 6 organization who was medically retired from the U.S. Army in 2009. writes in the Wall St. Journal : “It may be surprising to hear, but until this week the United States did not have a national memorial for disabled veterans. That changed on Sunday when President Obama dedicated the new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, a two-acre site in view of the Capitol with inspiring quotes etched in glass and granite walls, a black-granite reflecting pool and a star-shaped fountain. At the star’s center is a ceremonial flame, honoring all veterans—living and dead—who suffered disabling injuries.”  

After describing some of the quotes at the memorial, the piece concludes: “These words show strength and resilience, wisdom and ambition. They suggest how much America’s “disabled” vets have accomplished and can accomplish—not in spite of our injuries, but because of our experiences. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, now open to the public, is a symbol of our nation’s perseverance, on and off the battlefield.”