From: "\"Doc\" Bruce K. Melson" <>


Merger With Election Day Would Diminish Veterans Day Says Disabled American Veterans

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Proposals to combine Veterans Day with Election Day amount to "an ill-advised affront to the service and sacrifice of this nation's veterans," said Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Commander George H. Steese.

One such proposal is contained in a 105-page election reform report from the National Commission on Federal Election chaired by former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. The 19-member panel recommended moving the Veterans Day holiday in even-numbered years to Election Day to boost voter turnout.

"Similarly misguided efforts to merge Veterans Day and Election Day into a single national holiday have been proposed in Congress and should be defeated," National Commander Steese said.

"While there may be good arguments for making Election Day a national holiday, Veterans Day must retain its unique character as a day set aside to honor the men and women who have defended our freedom throughout our history," said Commander Steese. "Veterans Day, November 11, has deep significance for our nation. Originally designated to commemorate the end of World War I-the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month-Veterans Day has since become a day set aside to honor all who have served in our nation's defense. It would be unconscionable to diminish the significance of Veterans Day by combining it with Election Day."

--- The million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents 2.3 million disabled veterans. It is dedicated to one, single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families



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 Bruce "Doc". Melson