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To: NerdDad; All
NerdDad wrote, ” Again and again we ask, "Where do we find such men?" And then praise God for bringing them to us.”

We do not find such men and women, they rise out of the ranks themselves and are distinguished by their actions. They grow from the children that we raise and in whom we have instilled patriotism and a sense of duty and of honor. They are often the sons and daughters of men and women who have, themselves, placed freedom and love of country above their own needs and their own lives. These young people have seen the examples set by their parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and even grandparents and have, in their own turn, determined to achieve equally high standards of conduct and of honor.

But I have one question to you all. Will you remember this photograph the next time you vote for a candidate that wants to take away SSG Graunke’s VA benefits, his wife’s survivor benefits, or seeks to reduce the disability income that he receives for his wounds? Probably not, look at this Congress’ record on Veteran’s benefits –but that is a topic for another thread.

13 posted on 05/10/2005 11:12:10 AM PDT by retarmy (Been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it. . .)
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To: retarmy

Your comment touches the heart of many of us, and the sobering fact is, we must consider with clarity who we put in the White House, who we elect as our Congress Critters and their record with the military, for the military and the future of our military, retirees, Vets and those left behind giving the ultimate price.

Again, thank you for your sobering comment.


14 posted on 05/10/2005 11:25:50 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: retarmy
Your points are very well made. I was in the AF back when the promise was still to take care of our retirees. It sickens me that we - yes, we elected them so WE - have gone back on those promises.

I worked for 10 years for an Army retiree - till he retired from the company. This great American is dying from multiple myeloma resulting from agent orange exposure in Vietnam. We (the guys who worked for him) were all involved in a letter writing campaign to lobby against further erosion of veterans benefits even before he got sick. It embarrasses me that he has to put out a dime for the care that he needs. It embarrasses and angers me that my in-laws (he is retired AF) have to pay on the local economy for health care that was promised to them. But these uneducated, unemployed baby factories have no trouble getting health care for themselves and their next generation of welfare babies.

I did only 2 terms in the AF. I make no claim to rights or benefits resulting from that service, but we made promises to these men and women that we are no longer keeping. Obviously, the subject infuriates me. Thank you for calling attention to it.
15 posted on 05/10/2005 11:37:28 AM PDT by NerdDad
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