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Give thanks to our brave military

Posted: January 8, 2010 7:28 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
I'd like to express my sincere gratitude to our brave troops who volunteer to serve this great nation. Thankfully, we still have a great many young people who take pride in protecting the freedoms we all enjoy.

When I see military personnel in airports, hotel lobbies or around town, I reach out to shake their hands and say, "Thank you for your service." It is the least I can do and it always brings appreciative smiles to their faces.

There is a huge difference between old veterans like me who are proud of their service and the likes of William A. Collins, who wrote a despicable column titled, "The Army can be hazardous to your health" (Jan. 3).

Rational people agree military service can be extraordinarily risky, but that is a testament to our volunteers. Collins claimed our military brainwashes youngsters to believe "shooting people is the most natural thing in the world" and that recruiting is tough due to America's obesity problem and lack of intelligent youth.

Collins described a hopelessness returning veterans can expect in America, stating our nation sucks out our volunteers' lives and deposits their living carcasses on the scrap heaps of America.

It seems Collins is either suffering from shell shock or pure hatred for all that is good in America.

It has been my experience interacting with veterans these past 40-plus years that Collins has it outrageously wrong.

Does he believe we do not constantly face the threat of terrorism and that fanatical jihadists have not declared war upon America? What would he have America do?

Apparently, Collins is in league with those famous Hollywood philosophers such as Sean Penn and Rosie O'Donnell, who routinely gush that we should sit down and just talk to our enemies. Daniel Pearl surely tried that approach.

Collins' mean-spirited column reflects a need to demoralize our military, and if left to Collins America would eliminate its military and simply hope for the best.

Collins stated: "(M)aybe it's just that we vets have a clearer view of some things."

Collins, don't pretend to speak for other veterans. Instead try spending time thanking our troops, who provide the freedoms you enjoy that make it possible for you to write about them so disgustingly.


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