On Armed Forces Day, reflect on sacrifices and thank the troops

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  • CLM Draper, UT
    May 18, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    Yes, I will definitely thank the troops. Those like SEY who so bravely speak their minds, soldiers who went into the armed forces with a naive belief that they would be helping their country help the world...and learned otherwise.

    I'll thank Veterans for Peace and the Iraq Veterans Against the War (Iraq and Afghanistan)whose collective efforts build a culture of peace by using their experiences and lifting their voices. They inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.

    I'll thank all these courageous veterans. I'll listen very carefully to what they have to say and I'll learn from them.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 18, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    Re: "Thank the troops? For what?"

    Well, the usual chorus of immature, naysaying liberals is out in full force, I see.

    If, for no other reason, liberals should thank American military men and women for the ability they have to spew their venomous, disingenuous bile.

    But, they should do so quickly.

    They may not have that right much longer. Not if the brave, new world envisioned by the liberal icons they worship -- you know, the dangerous radicals using the captive media, academe, and the IRS to stifle and punish dissent -- have their way, that is.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    May 18, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Thank the troops? For what? For unwarranted invasions and needless killing of brown-skinned or non-Christian innocents for the benefit of corporate interests? I'm also a veteran, but I want no thanks for the damage I've inflicted in the name of the American empire. If anything, I would like to apologize for being so naive as to think I was doing something productive. I'll do what I can to keep others from making the same mistake.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 18, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    As a fully fledged American citizen and a veteran of the U.S Navy, I resent the use of the U. S. military as an excuse for the unnecessary and unwanted charities to take from the American people.

    A person voluntarily serves in the military in much the same way a people hire on as employees of a private company, and are much better compensated than are average American workers.