To the Editor:
There is quite a bit of talk by our government officials about how to reduce the cost of our military budget. It has been said by some that our military budget is being “eaten alive” by “unsustainable” military health care cost increases.
Some say - “They volunteered and they knew the dangers that went with it, didn’t they? Therefore it is their problem - not mine.”
Too often those compiling the budget during deficit-conscious eras, seem to reflect the attitude “not my problem and too expensive.”
As long as we are going to send them in harms way on our behalf, there should be no thought of cutting the cost of the latest and best weapons, protective armor, necessary equipment, and health care for them and their families. We must do all we can to protect them and care for them.
There are surely better ways to reduce the military budget. When a company or firm acquires a military government contract, they should do their patriotic duty and hold down on the cost but not on quality. In the past, articles such as toilet seats, office equipment and so on, seem to cost more when made for a Military Government contract than for a non-governmental contract. The attitude “not my problem” seems to prevail throughout.
The armed forces put their lives, limbs and mental health on the line for the safety of our country every day. Some of the wounds of war are traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, broken homes, homelessness, disabilities, suicide, troubled children and more. How can we even think “not my problem?”
Our Veteran’s organizations continue to lobby and fight for those serving and who have served. What is frightening is that their membership numbers are dwindling fast. As the World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans die off - who will be left to fight for them?
Today - only six percent of the U. S. population under the age of 65 has served in the military. Very few of those in political office have ever served. I pray that our citizens will never forget those who have served and are serving in the military and that they never adopt the attitude “not my problem.”
What they are doing is our problem - they are the protectors of our freedom and safety. Please keep them in your prayers.
Charles R. Pearson - Chaplain
American Legion Post 375