Saturday, June 21, 2008

Support the Troops

There is no mystery what it is like for our soldiers in the Middle East. It's no big secret how returning active duty service people feel. They tell anybody that's willing to listen. Nobody wants to listen. That's a big part of the problem. No one here wants to know.

When service men or women return from the Middle East, they pretty much all want the same thing. It doesn't matter if they served in a combat team in Afghanistan or on a big supply base in Kuwait, that they never went off of. It doesn't matter if they volunteered or if they got stop lossed into a second or third time around. Politics, religion or patriotism don't come into it. They want people to know what's going on where they have been. They want their contribution to be acknowledged. They want to return to and become a part of, the society that they have been separated from and not treated like a stranger among their own people.

This is exactly what they can't have and don't get. This is a different War than Vietnam but I think the problems of the returning service people are the same. It's no wonder they are all going crazy.

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