Forget the rules. Discriminate.
 
If you have verterans working for you and you didn’t give them today off, shame on you. Tell them to take the rest of the day off. And when some bonehead cries “unfair” tell them to shut up. And if they threaten you, stand firm.
 
A recent study revealed that 1 in 4 homeless in this country are veterans. That’s a national disgrace.
 
“The study released by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NEAH), said that in 2006, approximately 195,827 veterans were homeless on a given night – an increase of 0.8 percent from 194,254 in 2005.”
 
Veteran health care is a national disgrace.
 
The poor support of disabled veterans is a national disgrace.
 
The paltry support of our active military is national disgrace.
 
As CEOs and managers you have the power to do something powerful— if you have the courage. Give your veterans the day off and tell anyone that whines about it to shut up.
 
Or are you afraid the ninnys might sue you? Hum?
 
It’s okay to send a 19 year old to Iraq to lose an arm, or worse, but few managers have the guts to discriminate when it’s right to discriminate. Coward.
 
And for the rest of you…
 
Unless you are actually doing something to support the troops, take that damned yellow sticker off your car. You don’t deserve to hide behind it.
 
Do you remember when this country was an industrial giant? It was when the veterans returned from World War II to make things. First they saved this country. Then they built it.
 
What makes North Korea weak? South Korea. Thank a veteran.
 
Remember the Berlin Wall? Thank a veteran.
 
Remember the FORMER Soviet Union? Thank a veteran.
 
Did the FORMER Soviet Union gain access to the resouces of Asia by way of Vietnam? No. Thank a veteran—and forget that stupid notion about the US losing that war. Russia never got the base they wanted in Vietnam did they? Did the neighboring countries join the grand revolution? No.
 
The jury is still out on the long term results of the Bush administration’s handling of the middle east. But Bush is the one on trial, not the guys doing the dangerous work of trying to make a rat hole a better place. Thank a veteran.
 
Chris Reich, Author of TeachU’s Business Talk Blog