I really try to keep my political comments to a minimum but recent events have caused me to feel the need to write on this topic. First, I want to establish this is not a pro-war post, I choose to keep my feelings about the Iraq war to myself. (I know amazing, huh). Second, however this post is pro-troops. Regardless of my feelings about the war I believe it is important to support our troops for the following reasons.
- Our military is comprised of volunteers, that means they choose to serve in the military. They do so with an understanding that at any time they may be called to serve in harm’s way.
- Those who serve ultimately serve for our protection.
- Freedom is not free. It was built on the backs of those who have served and defended this country for 200 plus years.
- For those who choose to protest the war, demonstrate at funerals and treat uniformed military personal with disrespect; those in uniform are protecting your right to do so.
- Our service men and women and their families often make great sacrifices for the rest of us.
- Those serving in the military are not the policy makers about the war. They are not the one’s who made the decision to enter this war. They however are merely doing their jobs.
- Remember, that our service men and women are humans created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with grace, dignity and respect.
- Remember treat people the way you want to be treated.
- Respect for the military is one way to demonstrate patriotism for our country.
- The soldiers, sailors and airmen serving today are really no different the those of my grandparent’s generation who bravely served in World War II. The nature of the war is drastically different but those serving still serve for many of the same reasons. However, there is one great difference between those who serve today and those who served during “The Great War” there is no draft for this war. Those serving today are volunteers and have chosen to serve our country. Many of those who served in WWII were drafted.
I believe it is better to support and pray for our servicemen and women and their families. If you feel the need to protest the war or call for it to end that is your right. However, wouldn’t it be better to let your voice be heard by someone who can do something about the situation. Inform your congressman of your feelings. Name calling and yelling at military personnel will do nothing to stop the war. Demonstrating at a military funeral will not resolve the conflict. Have respect for the family. There is no need to rub salt into the wound. Instead of yelling or screaming stop and say a pray for those in uniform.