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KPM Posts: 577 Registered: 1/20/08
Re: Hope this isn't controversial...
Posted: Apr 12, 2008 12:53 AM

 

Many have already stated a lot of what I know and believe. 

To answer the original question...  Yes, You can support the troops, and not support the war. 

I know personally.  My son just returned from 15 months in Iraq.  Did I want him there? - NO  Did I support him to the best of my ability? - YES

To me there are may political issues surrounding this war.  It is no longer just about political issues for me - it's personal!  In the end.... it does affect our freedom.  Would we want 9/11 happening again? NO!! 

As a Senior Ride Captian in the Patriot Guard Riders I have stood tall, silent and proud to honor young men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  I have held the hands and wiped the tears of parents, siblings, and wives of soldiers who are HEROS.  I have stood between those very families and those who protest at soldiers funerals.  Each and every one of those families have touched my heart.  I can tell you the 40 names of the soldiers I have stood for - including 2 men who stood side by side as brothers in arms next to my son.  For the grace of God - will I have to call on my brothers and sisters to stand for my family.

Do soldiers get "automatic hero status"?  Not necessarily - but there are those of us who remember what is was like when soldiers came home and were spit on for serving thier country.  As one of the patches I have on my vest that I wear states "If you can't stand behind our troops, try standing in front of them"

Puddles

Sr Ride Captain - SE Texas Patriot Guard Riders

Blue Star Mom

 

DEFINITION OF A VETERAN:

A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who at one point in thier life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life"

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Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, cheesecake in one hand, rum in the other, body totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!

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