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MILITARY: Don’t forget their many sacrifices

Letter by Holly Reed, Yelm on July 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm with No Comments »
July 23, 2013 3:15 pm

In regards to military cuts, it is often mentioned that the military is beginning to feel the pain that the civilian world has been feeling, an implication that service members have somehow not sacrificed.

The military has always made sacrifices for our country in one way or another. Recently when the tempo of two wars began to drum up, military pay raises finally began to compete with civilian pay rates after lagging behind for decades.

Since 2001, service members on rolling deployments alternated time away from their family in dangerous locations and long hours at work trying to fill in for those deployed, hearing the constant mantra: “At least you aren’t deployed.”

Now, as the tempo has slowed and they begin to catch their breath, they again are faced with long hours with massive force reduction and civilian furloughs. Service members who have given more than a decade are now being pushed out because not allowing them to retire will save the Defense Department money, even if that means recruiting and training new service members.

The huge budget the DOD has carried for years filled the pockets of contractors like Halliburton and their stockholders (where is their sacrifice?) while service members did the heavy lifting. Still, they carry on with pride and honor, giving all for their country, be it time, money, careers or the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.

Do not forget our service members and all they give in war and peacetime.

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