I recently found out that our active-duty soldiers are having their educational benefits slashed drastically. I found this bit of news to be unfathomable and beyond absurd, given our state and country’s present situation and needs. The U.S., Wisconsin, and the military itself can all only benefit from educated and highly skilled people.
We are making an abrupt withdrawal of thousands of our troops from Iraq. While I am totally in favor of getting them back home, the withdrawal is so fast that we will probably leave billions of dollars in equipment and facilities behind. Then the American taxpayer will be asked to foot the bill for replacing such equipment, which probably, as ludicrous as it sounds, comes from mostly foreign companies.
I have a son who recently joined the Marines, along with a friend of his from Waupaca. My son’s bunkmate is from Appleton. My son-in-law is a Wisconsin-born young man presently serving in Iraq. It appalls me to think that they are willing to put their lives on the line for our country and they only ask for a chance at a good education, which is now being denied to them.
It is further beyond my comprehension to hear that U.S. companies are clamoring for skilled workers, importing foreign personnel, and exporting jobs, when such a travesty is being enacted. I do not yet know who the politicians are behind this treasonous act, but I plan to find out.
To call this an act of treason may seem excessive. However, when someone conspires to cripple our soldiers, put a stranglehold on our economy, and do harm to thousands of our citizens and their families, I know of no other suitable word.
I am a former Marine myself and a Vietnam veteran. I utilized my military educational benefits and as a result contributed to the American labor force and also generated much revenue that the government reaped.
I don’t plan to drop this matter with this single letter. Marines don’t give up easily. When I do find the culprits behind this I hope to use their buttocks as a base for planting a United States flag.