Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For Veterans Day

I wanted to thank our soldiers both at home and abroad, and both actively serving and retired for their service to our country. Many of us take for granted the sacrifices that you and your families make every day for our sake. It's something we should be far more mindful of, and not just a few days out of the year.

I also want to apologize to those who have served, those who are serving, and especially those who have been maimed or killed while fighting in Iraq, and to their families. I apologize for not trying to do more to get my elected representatives to prevent or stop the unjust and unnecessary war in Iraq.

It is your duty to protect the nation and its citizens. To fight the wars the Congress declares and to do so as the Commander-In-Chief orders you to do. And you have done that with great distinction. It is the duty of us, the civilian citizens, to ensure that our leaders in government, the ones we elect into office, are thoughtful and never careless about where they send you, why they send you, and to ensure that they give you the necessary resources to accomplish an achievable, legitimate mission. At large the American public failed you in this sacred duty. And I am one of them.

Even if waged entirely for the wrong reasons, even if the premise was based on deliberate lies by our own government, you have done your duty in carrying out Operation Iraqi Freedom. I, and I'm sure most of those even who oppose certain policies or even wars, do support you.

Here is a good site for veterans and those who are interested in what some of them have to say.

Here are releases from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Here is data on casualties regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom.   

Check here for an honor roll of our fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lastly, go to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America website for some great resources for soldiers, their families, learn or become active on issues, volunteer and contribute financially to the needs of soldiers.

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