We wrote our first viral story four years ago, when the president didn’t bother to attend the American Legion’s “Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball” – the ball which honors our Medal of Honor awardees. According to the American Legion, at least 25 of those heroes will be attending this year. The ball has been traditionally attended by the President since 1953 when it began – until 2009.
There’s a pretty interesting story behind the last event, that I can’t recount for some reasons. I have been known to tell the story when plied with alcohol, though. But if I told you the story, you’d like our President even less than you might now, and some other fairly public figures, too.
The Obama Administration has made a big show with words about how they support the troops, but their actions don’t match the rhetoric. From the time they tried to make service-connected injured veterans buy private insurance to the fact that they’re cancelling Tricare Prime for more than 100,000 veterans in the western part of the country in a few months, this administration has proved that they think that they can attract veterans to their banner with pretty words and leave us hanging out to dry when it comes to action, like all of the other special interest groups who cleave to the administration.
When Obama skipped the ball in 2009, it was the canary in the coalmine for veterans. The next four years is going to be an overt war to retain what we earned, what our families depend upon, because we made the poor choice to depend on the government to keep their promises.