This week during a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said he wants to increase the national conversation about war veterans and how they’re treated and regarded in society. He said he believes the nation has a positive image of its military men and women. But after many years of war, it’s important for veterans and the nation to talk about the role of those who have served, where they fit in society, and whether they’re regarded as heroes, victims, or average citizens.
As the father of a military man who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Georgia, I say to General Dempsey, “Amen”.
Unlike politicians and entertainers, military people find it revolting to whine in public. They are easily forgotten because so few Americans have any kind of personal stake in two on-going wars. Americans haven’t been asked to make any kind of personal sacrifice … including paying for the missions.
Our thought for today is from Thomas Jefferson:
“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”