We were in Canada a couple weeks ago--as it so happened, just when Canada was bringing its troops back from Afghanistan. One of the related news items I noted was a move on the part of Canadian veterans to change Canada's law regarding disabled veterans. Apparently, Canada no longer gives disabled veterans a lifetime pension; they give a disabled veteran a lump-sum payment. Canadian veterans are trying to reinstate the pension. It occurred to me that this is one of the things we have in common with Canada. We have a relatively small all-volunteer professional force; they have a small all-volunteer professional force. Despite all the rhetoric to the contrary, people in the U.S. and in Canada don't much care what becomes of mercenaries.
- Edward F. Palm
- Forest, Virginia, United States
- A long time ago, my sophomore English teacher, Father William Campbell, saw something in my writing and predicted that I would someday become a newspaper columnist. He suggested the perfect title for my column--"Leaves of the Palm." Now that I have a little extra time on my hands I've decided to put Father Campbell's prediction to the test. I'm going to start using this blog site not just to reprint opinion pieces I've published elsewhere but to try to get more of my ideas and opinions out there. Feedback is welcome. To find out more about me, please check out my Web site: www.EdwardFPalm.com (Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.)