As we mark another Veterans Day, I have these thoughts. First and foremost, we should think of our men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of our civilian population never think of their well-being, and don’t care that they are in harm’s way, at least those who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These men and women are the best we have to offer. They certainly don’t serve for the pay, because they are underpaid; no, they serve because they love their country. They have pride that only veterans can share. They are one of a kind; they are the backbone of our country.
Now having said that, here’s a personal opinion. Although the war in Iraq is coming to a close, our war in Afghanistan is in its tenth year – how much longer will this go on?
For one thing, it’s a financial burden on our economy – certainly the money spent (or misspent) on these wars is needed here in our own country.
Secondly, here’s a what if. What if the draft were in effect today as in my time? In the 60’s when you had to register for the draft with the Selective Service at the age of 18, life was different for a young guy then. With the Vietnam War on, you knew it was near certain you were going to be drafted, as I was at age 20, and served from 1965 to 1967, including one year in Vietnam.
Here’s my point – that 90 percent who don’t care about those who serve today would change drastically, because it would affect millions: those eligible to serve, and certainly their families. How many millions would be protesting the war because of the prospect of them having to serve their country, especially in time of war?
But we nave an all-volunteer military, so the 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old young men and their families should thank the good Lord we have volunteers to protect our freedom.
So please appreciate these heroes in uniform, not just on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but every day, and pray for their safe return.
Avenel VFW Post 7164
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