As an American, it’s easy to feel discouraged this Veterans Day. News that the United States Air Force’s dereliction of duty in reporting felony convictions under the Uniformed Military Code of Justice allowed an angry wife abuser to pass federal NCIS background checks resulting in a church massacre makes the blood boil. The incompetence of government is on full display and impending investigations don’t calm my nerves. The lack of reporting was known by the Pentagon and goes back nearly 20 years. So how can we proudly lift up flags and hearts this weekend in good conscience?