2.26.2007

3 is the magic number

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Little Man ~


I find it incredibly hard to believe that three years have gone by since you first made your entrance into our lives. And what an incredible three years it has been! You've had me smiling and laughing from the day I found out we were pregnant and the laughter has just become deeper and heartier since the day you were born.

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You peed on the doctor right after you were born and your antics have kept on. I am constantly amazed that someone with such a goofy sense of humor can also be so sweet and tender and loving. This deployment is slightly easier because I have you around, not only to remind me of your Daddy (I swear, I had absolutely nothing to do with you genetically!), but also to lighten the mood and put a smile on my face when I need it most.

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(this is MACGYVER when HE was a baby...note the similarities...I was not included, genetically, in Little Man's DNA)

Before you were born, I worried about how you and Princess Trouble would get along. She's not one to share the center of the universe but she welcomed you with open arms from day one. No one makes you laugh like she does. And I know that she will always take care of you and be there for you, no matter where you go in life. And I know that you will do the same for her. You have no idea what kind of a blessing that is. Nor does she.

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Keep laughing Little Man. Happy Birthday! I love you. You are my sunshine!

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Pau.




- hfs

2.18.2007

Chinook crash in Afghanistan

FoxNews story


A miracle that 14 survived, based on the photos I've seen. Many prayers needed for the families of those that did not survive (8 reportedly killed) as well as those that did survive. And many prayers needed for the Chinook community and the Aviation community at large. It has been a rough year so far for us.


I'm waiting for official DoD notification of names and unit(s).




Pau.




- hfs

AMEN.

Someone we all need to listen to: Congressman Sam Johnson. It's even better when you actually HEAR IT.


Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) delivered the following closing statement on the floor of the House during the 36-hour debate on Iraq.

A 29-year Air Force veteran, Johnson served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Johnson spent nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War, more than half of that time in solitary confinement.

Coincidentally, this week in 1973 as one of the longest held captives, Johnson finally left Hanoi on February 12, 1973 and returned home to Texas on February 17, 1973.

Earlier this week on Monday, Johnson spent the anniversary of his release pleading with a House panel to accept his amendment to support and fully fund the troops for the 36 hours of debate on the troop escalation in Iraq.

Johnson’s floor statement follows:

“You know, I flew 62 combat missions in the Korean War and 25 missions in the Vietnam War before being shot down.

“I had the privilege of serving in the United States Air Force for 29 years, attending the prestigious National War College, and commanding two air bases, among other things.

“I mention these stories because I view the debate on the floor not just as a U.S. Congressman elected to serve the good people of the Third District in Texas, but also through the lens of a life-long fighter pilot, student of war, a combat warrior, a leader of men, and a Prisoner of War.

“Ironically, this week marks the anniversary that I started a new life – and my freedom from prison in Hanoi.

“I spent nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam, more than half of that time in solitary confinement. I flew out of Hanoi on February 12, 1973 with other long-held Prisoners of War – weighing just 140 pounds. And tomorrow – 34 years ago, I had my homecoming to Texas – a truly unspeakable blessing of freedom.

“While in solitary confinement, my captors kept me in leg stocks, like the pilgrims… for 72 days….

“As you can imagine, they had to carry me out of the stocks because I couldn’t walk. The following day, they put me in leg irons… for 2 ½ years. That’s when you have a tight metal cuff around each ankle – with a foot-long bar connecting the legs.

“I still have little feeling in my right arm and my right hand… and my body has never been the same since my nearly 2,500 days of captivity.

“But I will never let my physical wounds hold me back.

“Instead, I try to see the silver lining. I say that because in some way … I’m living a dream…a hope I had for the future.

“From April 16, 1966 to February 12, 1973 – I prayed that I would return home to the loving embrace of my wife, Shirley, and my three kids, Bob, Gini, and Beverly…

“And my fellow POWs and I clung to the hope of when – not if – we returned home.

“We would spend hours tapping on the adjoining cement walls about what we would do when we got home to America.


“We pledged to quit griping about the way the government was running the war in Vietnam and do something about it… We decided that we would run for office and try to make America a better place for all.


“So – little did I know back in my rat-infested 3 x 8 dark and filthy cell that 34 years after my departure from Hell on Earth… I would spend the anniversary of my release pleading for a House panel to back my measure to support and fully fund the troops in harm’s way….and that just days later I would be on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives surrounded by distinguished veterans urging Congress to support our troops to the hilt.


“We POWs were still in Vietnam when Washington cut the funding for Vietnam. I know what it does to morale and mission success. Words can not fully describe the horrendous damage of the anti-American efforts against the war back home to the guys on the ground.


“Our captors would blare nasty recordings over the loud speaker of Americans protesting back home…tales of Americans spitting on Vietnam veterans when they came home... and worse.

“We must never, ever let that happen again.

“The pain inflicted by your country’s indifference is tenfold that inflicted by your ruthless captors.


“Our troops – and their families – want, need and deserve the full support of the country – and the Congress. Moms and dads watching the news need to know that the Congress will not leave their sons and daughters in harm’s way without support.


“Since the President announced his new plan for Iraq last month, there has been steady progress. He changed the rules of engagement and removed political protections.


“There are reports we wounded the number two of Al Qaeda and killed his deputy. Yes, Al Qaeda operates in Iraq. It’s alleged that top radical jihadist Al-Sadr has fled Iraq – maybe to Iran. And Iraq’s closed its borders with Iran and Syria. The President changed course and offered a new plan …we are making progress. We must seize the opportunity to move forward, not stifle future success.


“Debating non-binding resolutions aimed at earning political points only destroys morale, stymies success, and emboldens the enemy.

“The grim reality is that this House measure is the first step to cutting funding of the troops…Just ask John Murtha about his ‘slow-bleed’ plan that hamstrings our troops in harm’s way.

“Now it’s time to stand up for my friends who did not make it home – and those who fought and died in Iraq - so I can keep my promise that when we got home we would quit griping about the war and do something positive about it…and we must not allow this Congress to leave these troops like the Congress left us.

“Today, let my body serve as a brutal reminder that we must not repeat the mistakes of the past… instead learn from them.

“We must not cut funding for our troops. We must stick by them. We must support them all the way…To our troops we must remain…always faithful.


“God bless you and I salute you all. Thank you.”





h/t AWTM





Pau.




- hfs

2.17.2007

SCOUNDRELS

scoun·drel /ˈskaʊndrəl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[skoun-druhl]
–noun
1. an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.
–adjective
2. mean or base in nature; villainous; unprincipled; dishonorable.
[Origin: 1580–90; orig. uncert.]

—Synonyms 1. scamp, rapscallion, miscreant. See knave.


  • Norm Coleman of Minnesota (up for re-relection in 2008)
  • Susan Collins of Maine (up for re-relection in 2008)
  • Chuck Hagel of Nebraska (up for re-relection in 2008)
  • Gordon Smith of Oregon (up for re-relection in 2008)
  • Olympia Snowe of Maine
  • Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania
  • John Warner of Virginia (up for re-relection in 2008)
Each of these Republican Senators voted in favor of the non-binding (read: spineless) resolution against the buildup in Iraq. Cowards. Spineless, ignorant, self-serving cowards. You are not worthy of my vote nor my support. And you will not get it.

Never in my life have I ever contributed monetarily to a political campaign. That will now change. I am pledging now that I will send whatever funds I can scrape together to support the Republican challengers (should they be worthy of my support) that run against these scoundrels in the 2008 election. I will blog in support of their opponents and encourage anyone and everyone I know to get out and vote against them when they come up for re-election.

These 7 Senators (and the 17 Representatives) that voted in favor of undermining support for our troops disgust me. They have turned their backs on our military, our mission, and (in essence) my husband. Therefore I am turning my back on them.




Pau.




- hfs

Disgusting

Senate to vote on Iraq troop buildup


The House's "symbolic" statement that they have no backbone or common sense yesterday made me ill. I am thankful that I did not vote for any of the scoundrels that voted in favor of "rebuking the President" and "supporting the troops but not the war". Personally speaking, I think that statement is a cop out and complete crap. (And Annie, I know you disagree with me on this but that's the beauty of this country.)


Actually, no...the more I think about it, the more I find myself agreeing with that statement. I support the troops but I do not support the war. At least, not as we are doing things right now.


Yep, you read right. I'm saying the same thing that the HoR (anybody catch the irony in THAT acronym???) has said. Only my statement has a different meaning. What I mean when I say that is that I support the troops but I do not agree with the way in which the war is being conducted at this point in time. I oppose the surge.


BECAUSE IT IS NOT ENOUGH.


When did this country become a country of people who are willing to do a job half-assed? At what point in time did we lose our desire to win? Our drive to succeed?? Where the hell is our commitment? Give me a break.


Apparently, some of our wonderful elected officials in the HoR seem to be willing to pick and choose which civil wars we embroil ourselves in and which ones we walk away from:

"Our troops have done a magnificent job (but) they cannot afford to continue to be policemen in a civil war," said Rep. Walter Jones (news, bio, voting record), a North Carolina Republican who co-sponsored the measure with Democrats.



Really? The what the HELL were we (or better yet...ARE WE) doing in Bosnia? In Rwanda? In Somalia? In Haiti??? What was the difference? Other than the party from which the sitting President came from at the time? NOT A DAMN THING. Nothing. Not one thing. We went into those countries to "save the people from an oppressive situation". Someone care to explain to me how Iraq is different? And don't give me the "Bush Lied about WMDs" BS either. Go HERE, read, and come back and give me a real argument.


The HoR reminds me a lot of a small child who has no patience nor the resources to persist in completing a task. They get frustrated when they try to do something (poorly for lack of experience) and then throw a temper tantrum when things don't go the way they want them to go. I see no difference between a petulant child and the HoR or Congress for that matter. They tried to do something, did it half-assedly, and then threw a temper tantrum when it didn't work the way they wanted it to work.


Now I am not a particularly smart person. I have no training in politics, warfare, nation-building, or anything of that nature. But I do have common sense. Seems to me that the best way to do something is to give it your best effort. THEN, if you don't succeed, you can throw a fit. But not until you can look yourself in the mirror and honestly say "I TRIED MY BEST." We have yet to be able to do that.


If we're going to do this right we must:

1. Seal off the borders with Iran and Syria. Sorry if that pisses anyone off. Tough shit. Don't like it? Too bad. Neither of those countries are part of the solution but there is damn strong evidence that they are a LARGE part of the problem. Close the border down.

2. Send in more troops. Not 20K. Try 200K. I think I heard that 8 of 9 provinces in Iraq are doing just fine. Good. Maintain a stabilizing force in those provinces and start purging that last province of the bad seeds. Just like we're doing right now in Baghdad. Only do it in every city - Ramadi, Mosul, Fallujah, Kirkuk, Tikrit, and any other hell-hole that causes a problem.

3. Jobs. JOBSJOBSJOBS. I would bet that 90% of the people involved in the trouble-making are involved because the leaders of the trouble-makers are offering them money. With unemployment being so high in Iraq, people have no way to feed their families. If selling drugs was the ONLY way I was going to be able to feed my children, I'd have a hard decision to make. Do not discount peoples' desire to provide for themselves and their family. God knows that country needs work. I'm not saying you need to put former Ba'athists in charge of the local jail. But I'm sure there are schools that need to be built, sanitation systems that need to be built. Big rocks that need to be broken in to little rocks. SOMETHING. Give them something to DO. Besides blow up.

4. Train up more Iraqis for their Army and their police force. While the HoR was demonstrating it's complete and utter lack of backbone and/or common sense, HERE IS WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN IRAQ. Read that first headline : "Iraqi Government and 1st Iraqi Army Division assumes control". And the second : "IA Captures Al Qaeda In Iraq Cell Leader, Recovers Weapons Cache". And the fourth headline : "IA, CF target terrorist cells in Muqdadiya". Train them. They cannot begin to assume responsibility for their own security until they know how to do it and the good guys outnumber the bad guys. TRAIN THEM.




I could go on and on. But it's late and I'm tired. I'm tired of having to educate my own elected officials. I understand that politics and intelligence rarely go hand in hand. But seriously, folks...I know furniture that could make better decisions on this stuff than you all. If you agree with me, please stop over at Victory Caucus, read up on who voted for the "House Non-Binding Resolution" (gee, I can't believe it's not butter!). If they "belong" to you, please contact them and let them know that they will not get your vote when they come up for re-election. With regard to the upcoming Senate vote, please contact your Senator and find out where they stand on this issue. Let them know what YOU - their constituent - feel their vote should be. After all, they were elected to represent YOU, not their own interests.


And with that said, I'm hitting the sack.




Pau.




- hfs

2.16.2007

The upside to military life

I have received a lot of response regarding my Goodbye Seems to be the Hardest Word post. Much of it was touching and insightful.


"Frankly Opinionated" writes:

You "love" them so much you hate to see the end of it. Same here once. You "love" a good piece of cake don't you? I do. Will the cake be forever? Should you not someone who can't be forever? We would be some empty hearted people if that were so. I have convinced myself that, no matter how much I love knowing, seeing this person, or that group, that at the next stop, I will meet someone just as special, just as great and loveable. When a relationship,(of whatever depth), ends, I relish the memories of the good spots, and totally phase out those less than good. Perhaps, with the "goodbye" could be a bit of "I've really loved this time in my life, it has been very special." And then silently tell yourself that it is time to see this next event.


And he has a very valid point.


When MacGyver enlisted, I was completely ignorant when it came to what to expect from military life. I had grown up living in the same town all my life, in the same house, had the same friends. I had no clue how hard it was to move every 2-3 years or how hard it was to say goodbye to people because I had never had to before. Not really.


While we were stationed in Alaska, we were blessed to become friends with a family in our unit who lived just a few doors down from us. They became like family and having to leave them was one of my first tastes of the downsides of military life. But the sweetness of having known them was SOOOOOO incredibly worth it. They remain, to this day, some of our dearest friends.


Our next stop was Alabama. Mentally, I was prepared NOT to make many friends there since it was "just flight school" and "just for a year or so". Yeah, that didn't happen. My brother-in-law had been there before us and pointed us in the direction of the church he had attended while he was there. From day one, they treated us like family and I've yet to be able to shake them! Again, saying goodbye to them was painful but completely outweighed by the joy of knowing them.


Our limited time at Fort Campbell brought us similar blessings and we are hopeful that we will be able to get back there soon and literally pick up where we left off with our friends there.


And then there is Hawaii. As much as I am looking forward to returning to the mainland, I know that when we leave it will hurt just as bad as leaving Alaska, or Alabama, or California, or Fort Campbell, or Colorado. Because, yet again, we have been blessed with incredible friends during our time here. People I consider to be family in many, many ways. People who empathize with the joys and sorrows that are intrinsic to military life. People that I am truly grateful to know - even if just for a limited time.


So, like F.O. mentioned above, I am positive that where ever we wind up next - be it Fort Campbell or where ever we will be blessed with wonderful friends. Friends that we love like family. THAT is one of the biggest upsides to military life. One for which I am truly grateful.


Thanks for the reminder, F.O.
Cross-posted at SpouseBUZZ



Pau.




- hfs

2.15.2007

New ice cream named for Stephen Colbert

New ice cream named for Stephen Colbert

Announcing the new flavor Wednesday, Ben & Jerry's called it: "The sweet taste of liberty in your mouth."


"I'm not afraid to say it. Dessert has a well-known liberal agenda," Colbert said in a statement. "What I hope to do with this ice cream is bring some balance back to the freezer case."



Yum. I know what I'm picking up at the store this weekend!




Pau.





- hfs

2.13.2007

Message in a bottle mystery

Message in a Bottle Found Decades Later

Nine year old Riley Astrup was walking along the shore on a windward beach here on O'ahu and came across an old bottle.

But not just any old bottle. There was something special about this one which washed ashore. "My daughter is jumping for joy there's a message inside there's a message inside."

And when they cracked it open, they discovered just how long this message in the bottle was floating around the pacific.

"It said it was from june 14th 1967." says Riley.

On faded stationary from the old Matson cruise ship the S-S Lurline, a young John Weatherly, asked whoever found the message to contact him, then tossed the bottle overboard a thousand miles from shore.


The discovery has turned into a family project and they have tracked young John Weatherly via his father, COL AJ Weatherly, as far as Fort Sill, Oklahoma. But that's as far as they've been able to go.


Here's where you come in. I'm sure there is someone out there who knows of the Weatherly family. If you know how to get in touch with them, please let me know and I will pass along the information to the Astrup family. Thanks!




Pau.




- hfs

2.08.2007

Goodbye always seems to be the hardest word

For lack of a better word, I suck at goodbyes. I'm lousy at them. Ask FuzzyBear who I ducked out on at the last MilBlogging conference without allowing her to say goodbye. Ask any of the people with whom I attended last years National Military Family Association conference. I ducked out there too.

When we were packed up and ready to drive out of Alaska (our first duty station), I was a basket case because I had told some good friends of ours that we would swing by and say goodbye before we left. I was dreading it. Literally, my stomach was tied up in knots. I cannot tell you the relief I felt when I called and found out that their youngest child had a fever and it really wouldn't be a good idea for us to expose ourselves to those germs right before setting off on a 6,000 mile, 30 day road trip. *whew*

Please do not misconstrue my feelings here. The reason I am so lousy at goodbyes is not because I don't care about the people I am leaving. Actually, the opposite is true. I am lousy at goodbyes because they hurt SO MUCH. It's like pouring salt on an already festering wound. Leaving is hard enough. To have to say "goodbye" on top of that just tears me up.

I cannot stand "going away parties" or "Hail and Farewells" for this reason. Please do not force me to turn a departure into a party. It's not. It sucks and I hate it and I'd much rather not try to celebrate it for goodness sake.

So I'll issue apologies now to anyone I have ever ducked out on in the past or WILL duck out on in the future. I am sorry. Please do not take it as discourteous or a sign that I do not care about you. In fact, the opposite is true. The more I care about someone, the harder it is to say goodbye and the harder I look for a way to avoid actually saying it. Such a wonderful and admirable trait in an Army wife, isn't it?




Pau.




- hfs

2.06.2007

Listen UP.

To those who would agree with William Arkin and his ilk, the Democrats, the defeatist Republicans, and anyone else who has a gripe about the Global War on Terror:


My husband puts his life on the line daily in order to follow the orders of his Commander in Chief, for his country, and for you. He does this willingly and without hesitation. He does this so that YOU may exercise your RIGHT to say what you think, no matter how offensive or disgusting it may be.

What you fail to realize is that with that right comes a responsibility. One you have failed to uphold. Your responsibility is to criticise but to do so in a constructive manner. In a manner that offers solutions and alternatives. I have yet to see or hear either.

Good leaders build UP. They build up those they are trying to lead. Rarely do they tear down. If they do, it is because they have an alternative in mind. An end goal. A different way to do things. A new approach that they will offer.

Have any of you done that? Has ANYONE on the opposite side of the fence on this issue come up with any kind of viable alternative? I'll be damned if I've seen one.


Show me.


You say we're doing it wrong. So show me. Show me how you'd do it "RIGHT". Don't just tell me it's being done "wrong".


Because I have yet to see anything that indicates to me that there is a better way to do this. Is there? I don't know. I doubt it. I believe that if there were a better way to do this, it would have already been proposed.


Show me. Otherwise, sit down and shut up.


If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.




Pau.




- hfs

2.04.2007

My letter to Senator Murkowski

(parts of this letter were stolen, shamelessly, from both the The NRSC Pledge website and from Hugh Hewitt)

I am an Alaska resident, the spouse of an active duty soldier currently deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and I am writing to express my concern over the fact that you are considering lending your support to the Levin-Warner resolution. To do so would not only cost you my vote in your next election, it would significantly weaken our military's chances for success in Iraq. As my husband is a member of the United States Army, any support you offer to the Levin-Warner resolution and those who back it is an indication that you no longer support my husband and the job he is doing in Iraq.

Please be advised that if the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony by General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.


I will not support defeatist Republicans. I don't care how long your tenure, or how solid your ACU rating on other issues. If you get the war wrong, you are worse than useless on every other issue. A majority of senators that includes the muddled-minded about the war is not a majority worth having. Rather a solid group of 41 senators that insist on victory and will refuse all attempts to retreat is much to be preferred over 51 which include appeasers in powerful chairmanships.



Sincerely,
*** ***********




Pau.




- hfs

2.02.2007

The days crawl but the weeks and months fly by...

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And as quickly as it arrived, R&R is over. The goodbye this time was just about as hard as the first time.

For two glorious weeks our house was a home. Now it is just a house again and I am left to try to fill that space and keep our focus elsewhere.

Last night it was incredibly difficult to go to bed. I didn't want to. I knew that, if I went to bed, I would be sleeping away precious hours of being awake and knowing that he was here, safe, with us. That our house was a home. Until I went to bed, his departure date was still "tomorrow". And I knew that when I woke up, it would be the day that he had to leave. Climbing the stairs last night was almost harder than actually saying goodbye tonight.

For two glorious weeks, I lived without that awful weight in my stomach. The weight that only other military spouses and parents of servicemembers can understand. That awful heavy feeling that you never manage to shake, even when you KNOW they are safe (or as safe as they can be over "there"). That weight that sits on your chest and in between your shoulder blades.

And now it's back.


Be safe, MacGyver. Come home soon. We love you and we miss you more than you'll ever know. moo.




Pau.




- hfs

2.01.2007

William Arkin is an @$%&#*!

The Troops Also Need to Support the American People

I am at a loss for words. Doesn't happen often but I'm speechless.


Uncle Jimbo over at Blackfive pretty much sums up my thoughts. I do have this to say...


I'm all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn't for them to disapprove of the American people.


Gee, how nice of you to give my husband the permission to express his own opinion. That's awfully nice of you. Granted, the Constitution took care of that a while ago but hey, if it makes you feel better to pretend that YOU gave him permission, please do so.


These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President's handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.

Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.

Sure it is the junior enlisted men who go to jail, but even at anti-war protests, the focus is firmly on the White House and the policy. We just don't see very man "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.

So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?


WE should be greatful that the American public still supports us?!? WTF? MY HUSBAND and thousands of husbands, sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, and wives are over there right now doing their best to rid this world of an evil tyrant and sow the beginnings of democracy in a land that has never known it! He is doing his JOB. The job he CHOSE to do. The one he believes in. And WE should be greatful??

No one is being spit upon? Obviously you have not been down to Walter Reed lately. You have not hung out with the Code Pink protesters as they do their best to cut down our soldiers - WOUNDED SOLDIERS - as they try to recover. Try "Googling" the name "Joshua Sparling" and see what you come up with you ignorant moron.

As for the housing and the medical care and all of the other wonderful benefits that come with military life...(you know, having to uproot and leave friends, family, and familiarity...being far away from family in times of crisis and need...being separated from my husband for months at a time...THOSE benefits!)...WE PAY FOR THOSE YOU IDIOT. Nothing is "given" to us. There is no such thing as a "free lunch" in the military.


But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.


Excuse me? My husband is a MERCENARY? Riiiiiight. Because the PAY is so damn good. That's why he joined the Army. For the money. Because the definition of "mercenary" is working or acting merely for money or other reward. And we all know how well we pay our military servicemembers. (/sarcasm)



Listen up you wind-sucking excuse of a reporter...HOW DARE YOU? How dare you insinuate that my husband's intentions were anything other than honorable when he chose to enlist in the United States Army! How dare you question the support that I, and the rest of the American public, gives to our military? Who do you think you ARE? How dare you imply that my husband is any less deserving of the rights afforded to ALL citizens of this country simply because he serves in the military.


HOW. DARE. YOU.


The ONLY reason you are where you are and do what you do is because of people like my husband who fought (and sometimes DIED) for YOUR FREEDOMS as well as their own.


You disgust me.


America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform.


I agree. This is the only part of your article that garners any kind of agreement from me. The American public DOES need to ponder what it really owes those in uniform. Let me give you a few suggestions...

1. You owe them the ability to do their job properly and not be hamstrung while being bitch-slapped by the same people that limit them.

2. You owe them respect for doing a job that you either cannot or will not do yet you continue to reap the benefits from their efforts and sacrifices.

3. You owe them support. Financial, emotional, mental, physical...whatever the need is. Those men and women have more courage, more dedication, more honor, and more commitment in one finger than you have in your entire being.

4. You owe them your gratitude. Their sacrifices and the sacrifices of those that came before them placed you where you are today. If it were not for our military, you would be worshiping the Queen of England or worse.


And if you're still lost for ways to support our troops, read HERE. SGT D covers it pretty well.




Pau.




- hfs