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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Show Some Respect for Our Military Beyond Memorial Day

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I recently played golf on a military base.  Before you express your outrage at taxpayer money paying for golf course on a military base, there is no tax payer money involved in military base golf courses.  After golf we went to the base exchange got some gas and then had dinner. The prices at the exchange and at the gas station were not any better in some cases were worse than outside the base.  Frankly that is really disturbing.  Members of our military services do not get paid commensurate with the duty or the dangers they face.  If we can't get the government to pay them what they deserve at least we should give them more bang for their buck on their bases.

As I write this I am watching the news.   There was just a feature on the difficulties military people face with their many moves and the fact that they have mortgages.

Military people have very little say as to where they are posted.  We expect them to pick up and go wherever the government orders them to be deployed.  Once again it seems like the least we could do is to make those moves as painless as possible. 

It really does not matter whether you agree with the government and where they send our troops.  What matters is that we have a military force that is willing to do what the government says and go to where the government sends them.  Many nations are not fortunate enough to have such a professional military service.

Somehow we have to get the politicians to realize how lucky we are to have young men and young women so willing to sacrifice all for the good of our nation.  

I remember seeing a bumper sticker that said if you can read this bumper sticker thank a teacher.  I would like to add if you have the freedom to read a bumper sticker thank someone in the armed services.

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