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Ways to truly support our troops

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I see that those "support our troops" stickers aren't working. First we have an Army sniper convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years for shooting the Iraqis who compromised his "hide" (Sgt. Evan Vela, May 11, 2007, convicted Feb. 10, 2008). Now we have the FBI called in to investigate soldiers who may have patronized a Fairbanks massage parlor (in the Juneau Empire on April 25, from The Associate Press wire). This in contrast to the civilian Blackwater and DynCorp security contractors who operate with impunity and live free of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

What we need to do is actually support our troops as individuals, which means shorter tours, end-of-service dates that actually mean something, reservists who are normally kept in reserve and a conventional force of active-duty personnel big enough to do the mission right.

If you have one of those stickers, ask yourself what you have personally done to better the lot of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

William Rose

Juneau



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