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"
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"
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!