This is a more important holiday to Tom than I think any other! I am proud of my husband and grateful to all our veterans.Thanks, Spence!
there is some debate as to whether you can support people in the military even if you do not support what is going on in the world. my answer to this would be an emphatic yes. men and women in our armed forces have a job to do and they are the best in the world at it (especially marines). however, the success of the military does not come from its members questioning; rather, they do their job. that is why it is a great gesture to say "I appreciate what you did". When I was in the Marines, I used to go to Okinawa, Japan for 6 month deployments. It was a time of peace and I was young and single, so I thought it was great. However, looking back, I remember young kids with wives and kids, gone for 6 months, trying to scrape by on a Lance Corporal's pay, and can't imagine doing it. Today, add in the fact that the deployments are to a combat zone and last for 13 months and it makes it that much harder. I know guys on their 5th tour in Iraq...Yes, life is made up of choices, and everyone up 'til now has chosen to join the military. That doesn't diminish their commitment or sacrifice or make it any easier. Again, regardless of what you think of what is going on, military folks deserve thanks,tom f.
...w/ those thoughts in mind, personally i will gladly stand up to offer my thanks to the men & women of the u.s. military forces stationed throughout the world......it is unfortunate that the majority of both military personnel & regular citizens are oft times misled as to the underlying political reasons for deployment......that being said, this country's record of government support for it's war torn & wounded is nothing short of despicable...fucking despicable......when you take a young life, feed it an agenda, give it a mission & upon completion or disruption of that mission, then disregard it or offer the owner of that now "affected" life, less than you asked of it, then you as a world power have not met your responsibility......& responsibility is what you asked of that young man or women when you recruited them for your agenda...& that is wrong & egregiously fucking despicable in light of the fact that modern medical science knows full well the effects of war......so i will gladly & proudly shake the hand of any man or woman who has served, but my heart sheds a tear for those who served & are now suffering for their contributions...
I come from a military family,(4 uncles in Marines and one dad in Airforce) I thank God everyday for the freedom these dedicated people provide. I go every year on a week long bike tour in Colorado and that week alone kills me while being away from my family. I can't imagine what these soldiers go through being gone for 13 months at time. They are truly heroes.
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