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FURLOUGHS: Disrespect isn’t limited to DOD employees

Letter by John Miles, Tacoma on July 19, 2013 at 9:57 am with No Comments »
July 19, 2013 3:20 pm

Re: “Defense personnel stripped of trust, faith and confidence” (TNT, 7-18).

The article by Mike Penland, a civilian employee at the Pentagon, illustrates the best and worst of the Defense Department in just a few paragraphs.

He cites some of the military’s core values and how most people work overtime to carry out the mission. Then he bemoans the discovery that those who work for the DOD are “nothing more than employees” because they face furloughs along with other federal workers.

In his mind, apparently, the people who collect the taxes to fund the military, the diplomats who save the lives of service members, and the Veterans Affairs workers who care for them when they’re out are the ones who are really “just employees.”

Don’t other departments have mission statements? Don’t their members believe in the mission and work hard to carry it out? He thought DOD was better than everyone else, and now he knows that we’re all in this together.

That said, let’s fully fund our whole government.

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