Yes, I watched you sitting on the bench during the playing of the National Anthem. Yes, I listened to your explanations. How about using your platform to help people like me; I have no platform unless people read my blogs or read my books. But since I have no platform, it is difficult to let people know they even exist.
So, Mr. Kaepernick, and all the other Kaepernicks who have benefitted greatly from the freedoms of their nation, fight for me. I am a 95 year old white, female veteran of World War II. I should be entitled to the health benefits which veterans have earned. When I tried to access those benefits to seek help for the first time a couple of years ago, I found that I was not eligible. I couldn’t meet the means test. When the Iraq War started, the Congress passed a law that instituted a means test for veterans who were not in the health system prior to the Iraq War. It is a fairly low and “seemingly fair” amount based on gross income. I cannot meet it since I live on a working farm to supplement my income and my water almost equal the means test amount.. When I raised my right hand to join the service, no one asked me to meet a means test. The benefits were a promise given to me as it is to all veterans. Am I and the others in my predicament being treated justly and fairly?
Our Founders didn’t promise us a rose garden. They gave us founding documents that gave us the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You know that road of opportunity, Mr. Kaepernick; you have traveled it for many years.
Perhaps you could help others understand how fair this great nation has been to you rather than not honoring the stars and stripes of the land of the free and the home of the brave. Perhaps you could go to Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco and bring hope and show with your presence that a road of opportunity exists for all. Help them take the first step toward all the stars and stripes stand for.