When asked to describe San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich the most common words would be gruff, intimidating and non-cooperative. Anyone who has seen his one line in between quarter interviews would compare him to a bully or someone with a disdain for the media.
Popovich tends to believe that less is more when it comes to dealing with the media. So when he does speak/interact with the media, it is with a purpose and given the right topic he can really chew a person ear off.
In a recent USA Today article Coach Pop shared his thoughts on Veteran’s Day and the brave men and women who valiantly serve our country.
"In a lot of ways, it's a joyous day if we all remember to honor people, But in some ways, it's a sad day because (soldiers and veterans) don't really get honored the way they should be. Some of it is just pablum.”
He believes actions speak louder than words. Being a former Air Force graduate, he has seen the struggles made by both the soldiers and their families. He has personally seen how they rely on government programs and understands how much the recent government sequester has affected these families.
To him, Veteran’s Day is a day to thank the people who have fought and are currently fighting for our freedoms; but a day to realize that a lot more still needs to be done for them.
So while a nice meal at your local restaurant will be a good idea, I am sure a heart felt thank you would be appreciated even more.
Couldn't agree more with this comment. I work with several veterans programs, ranging from homelessness prevention, workforce development, and treatment of PTSD and other related conditions, and the bureaucracy of the VA can be EXTREMELY frustrating. There's needs to be more expediency with veterans receiving their earned benefits when they return home. The warm and fuzzy TV commercials to honor vets are nice, but more substantive things need to be done.
While I'm on my soapbox, let me also add that the PRIVATE SECTOR needs to do substantially more for the veterans who enable them to enjoy their freedom to conduct business; we always slam the government for failing to do its part, but much of our private sector and corporate communities sit on the sidelines (with their money) and think that sponsoring a parade or veterans' dinners constitutes giving back their fair share...It's not!
Pop is so right on this.
Over the last 12 years, more than two million Americans have been deployed to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. But for thousands who return home with injuries, another battle is just beginning - this time, with the incredible wall of bureaucracy and inefficiency within the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). This Veterans Day, please take a second to write your senators and congressional representatives urging them to advocate for a top down reform of the VA as well as a reallocation of funds towards veterans services in order to more thoughtfully, efficiently, and thoroughly address the many important needs of the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend this country and the Constitution.
@ryankxlu Well said-thanks for the good words