who the hell do the rethugs and cheney and company think they are kidding? for 5 years now, many of us have been raked over the coals over not supporting the troops because we don't support the iraq war. we have been called traitors and worse because we are dishonoring our military men and women by protesting against the government in a time of war. well, i have beyond had it. for most of the time that we have been 'at war,' there have been many groups- veterans and veteran's groups at the forefront- who have been speaking out about the abuses and neglects of our active and veteran soldiers. we have heard about these folks not having sufficient equipment and armor; we have heard about them not getting paid- or being expected to pay back money and bonuses if they are wounded. now, it comes out that the national guard folks- who are fighting along side army folks and marines and the rest of the armed forces- don't get paid the same amount. when i read about the treatment our wounded and returning soldiers are getting around the country- but notably at what is supposed to be our nation's finest hospital- i almost had an apoplectic fit.
not only is this country putting our men and women in harm's way, because apparently, "money trumps- uh- peace sometimes," but we are not preparing them adequately and we are not providing them with what they need to survive- on the battlefield and when they come home. when these folks signed up, america made a promise to them- that they would be compensated and taken care of forever- for putting their lives on the line. these folks are coming home wounded and maimed and what does the 'commander-in-chief' do? thumbs his nose at them.
so- don't talk to me about supporting the troops. unless you are willing to go and enlist your conservative, republican ass in the armed service and go to the middle east- you can just keep you trap shut and stay out of the way. folks who truly care about the troops and this country are on the move working for peace.
addendum: re: national guard pay- active duty guardsmen and women are supposed to be paid active duty pay. however, many are not receiving their pay or benefits. the way i worded it above was confusing coupled with the link supplied so i am linking to another.