Gov. Herbert visits Utah troops in Iraq

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  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 3, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Thank you, Governor, for your visit. These men are replacing my son and his unit from Idaho who have served valiantly for the past year. Yes, they do need to know that those they represent are aware of them and their needs. I thank them as well. It means I'll be seeing my son soon because they are willing to take their shift. I'm glad my tax money can pay for that. Believe me, the travel between bases in Iraq is often done in cold or possibly hot, noisy military planes, before or after a miserable sand storm and right now the temperatures are in the rang of 120 degrees with sometimes less than reliable AC in the Chu's. I pray God will bless them all as we continue to try to find logic in all this mess. Just don't send the Congress unless you are willing to leave them in country.

  • ArmyofOne Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    The Governor is not just going for a visit for fun. In his role as the Commander in Chief for the Utah National Guard, it is his responsibility to meet with his troops and commanders while in the field (Iraq) and ensure that they are taken care of. Just this year alone and in the last few months, Utah has sent over 1000 National Guard members to Iraq/Afghanistan.

  • Sandpiper Air Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    @Nobody_sFool, thanks to you and your husband for your service and sacrifice. I'm glad to see Herbert supporting our troops.

  • Nobody_s Fool Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 3, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    @ My2Cents - as a military wife, who has had a husband deploy, I appreciate & completely agree with your comment. I wish more politicians would do the same, just to give the troops a boost. I think there is much more egregious & undisciplined spending in the government, I am OK with & thankful for those who make the trip to thank our troops - it's worth the cost.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 4:42 a.m.

    I have no problem with the DOD and government picking up the tab for this support for our troops and soldiers from Utah. The sacrificing of one rocket is worth the moral support it means to a soldier.

    The soldiers deserve nothing less than home town acknowledgment that they are not forgotten and we wish them well. This kind of visit can mean more to a soldier than a junket tour by politicians looking for votes.

  • Maverick West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    My thoughts exactly, thanks for wasting more tax payer funds. Why should any Governor visit Iraq or any other country. I can see visiting other states from time to time but not this. Love our troops and in fact appreciate everything they do for our freedoms. I don't need to visit Iraq on tax payers dime to have the appreciation.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    Smaller Government?

    DOD picking up the tab?

    The DOD is funded by taxpayers. The taxpayers are picking up the tab.