By Gerard L Logan, U.S. Army Retired
The Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, supported by Congress, has developed a budget cut. Perhaps he should go and explain this budget cut to our brothers and sisters serving in Afghanistan and other lands where they are shot at, bombed and constantly in danger of losing their lives. Then, if he returns, let’s have a group hug with him, and those of us who have already served.
Congressmen serve (4) years and retire; that’s (1) term. As of last year, 312 retired and received an average annual pension of $71,472…pretty good for not eating sand in your food, not sleeping on the ground, not missing your family, not being too hot or too cold, not worrying about how things are going for your family, while you are in a country no one wants to be in, and being shot at by people that don’t want you there in the first place. Sounds like too sweet a deal to me. Why are we not looking at their retirement? Every service member, no matter how many years served, should return home a hero (BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE). Have we forgotten how our Vietnam Vets were treated? ( John McCain ). Where is our pride? Those who oppose the military for reasons of their own also owe a debt of gratitude to those who serve. If not for these selfless patriots volunteering to serve their country, where others do not, there would most certainly be a draft, and every young person would have no choice but to serve or in the case of many sons of Senators and Congressmen, have their way bought out of serving. To the family members of those serving, use your power of voice to defend and support your sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and other family members – past and present – who made the decision to serve in the military.
As much as the current President and those members of his cabinet don’t want to admit it, if not for the military, past and present, there would not be the positions they hold; there would not be a United States. We put these traitors in office; surely, we can send them home.