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Our veterans need more than applause

There are more than 63,000 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Washington state, and more coming back all the time. And we need to find ways to connect with them.

You know when you’re on an airplane, and the flight attendant announces there are American service people onboard, and why don’t we all give them a round of thankful applause?

Sam Barrett hates that.

“I just roll my eyes,” said Barrett, 30, a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who did three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He finished active duty in May 2009, then served in the National Guard until last February.

Barrett doesn’t mean to sound ungrateful.

But while we may think we’re giving veterans a gift, to some it feels like an empty box; and the only thing we may be parting with is our own sense of guilt

Read more from the Seattle Times…