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April 29, 2016 Michael Gaines

We have "boots on the ground" in Syria but there are few times in the last 70 years we have not had boots on the ground somewhere in the world. The politicians, in their comfy offices call them "peace keeping", "policing" or "training" missions, or in the case of Ft. Hood "work place violence." No matter what you call them, our armed services answered the call, followed their orders, too often coming home with visible and invisible injuries, some only returning in a coffin.

Semper Fidelis -always faithful (Marine Corps)
Non sibi sed patriae - not self but country (Navy)
This we'll defend (Army)
Semper Paratus -always ready (Coast Guard)
Aim High (Air Force)
Always ready, always there (National Guard)

These mottos are promises our service people have made to us and our country. Can we say that we and our government have been "fidelis" (faithful), has the "patriae" (country) really "defended" or been "ready" to do what is right by our soldiers & veterans? The VA, Congress, Senate, and our President need to "aim higher" in their care and adapting back into home life. As a society, we need to think of the sacrifices every soldier and their family has made for us rather than celebrity train-wrecks in whorehouses.

Please read the armed forces mottos again, think about the words and the vets more frequently than Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Thank and support a vet everyday!

As Veterans Day approaches, again we have "boots on the ground" in Syria but there are few times in the last 70 years we have not had boots on the ground somewhere in the world. The politicians, in their comfy offices call them "peace keeping", "policing" or "training" missions, or in the case of Ft. Hood "work place violence." No matter what you call them, our armed services answered the call, followed their orders, too often coming home with visible and invisible injuries, some only returning in a coffin.

Semper Fidelis -always faithful (Marine Corps)
Non sibi sed patriae - not self but country (Navy)
This we'll defend (Army)
Semper Paratus -always ready (Coast Guard)
Aim High (Air Force)
Always ready, always there (National Guard)

These mottos are promises our service people have made to us and our country. Can we say that we and our government have been "fidelis" (faithful), has the "patriae" (country) really "defended" or been "ready" to do what is right by our soldiers & veterans? The VA, Congress, Senate, and our President need to "aim higher" in their care and adapting back into home life. As a society, we need to think of the sacrifices every soldier and their family has made for us rather than celebrity train-wrecks in whorehouses.

Please read the armed forces mottos again, think about the words and the vets more frequently than Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Thank and support a vet everyday!




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