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Honoring Those Who Serve

With another Veterans Day upon us it is time once again to reflect on the service of those brave men and women who protect us. Making this Veterans Day more poignant are the events at Fort Hood in Texas where soldiers were gunned down by one of their own. In this time of war on two fronts our soldiers face numerous enemies and stresses most of us can never imagine. To add the uncertainty of threats from within is to ask too much. As we honor our veterans we should be especially mindful of the thirteen lives lost at Fort Hood and what can be done to prevent tragedies such as this in the future.

As information comes out about what led up to the tragedy at Fort Hood we should be mindful of the fact that this was an isolated incident involving one soldier who was obviously mentally disturbed. At the same time we need to pay attention to the fact that there were some warning signs with this soldier that pointed to a person possibly not well suited to wear a uniform in our armed forces. His ties to radical extremists and outspoken opposition to the current m military missions in Afghanistan and Iraq may have made him poorly suited to serving our countryís people in the armed services.

As we move forward we must think about not only the need to have enough forces to meet our military objectives but also the importance of having soldiers who are committed to the goals and objectives of our armed forces. Part of having an effective military force is for there to be absolute trust between the soldiers on the battlefield. They must be assured that the person next to them will be there to defend them when they are under fire. They cannot be worried that their comrade might want them dead because of some political agenda that is contrary to the goals of our nationís leaders. Unity of purpose is essential to the success of any military body.

To honor the sacrifices of our soldiers we must honor their needs while they serve and when they come home after serving. We have to make sure they have the supplies and support they need on the battlefield and the peace of mind to serve without wondering if the soldier next to them might be unstable. To that end our leaders must make decisions that donít unnecessarily put our soldiers in harmís way either through wars without meaning or decisions that ask more than can be accomplished by the number of soldiers allotted to a mission.

If we are to truly honor those who serve we must support them before, during and after their active service to our nation. There should never be a soldier who ends up homeless or destitute. There should never be a soldier who cannot get adequate healthcare, whether physical or mental, when they come home from war. Honoring our soldiers needs to come in deeds as well as words. We cannot simply pay lip service to our soldiers and expect them to bear the weight of our freedom on their shoulders. We ask our soldiers to commit to us and we must do no less in return. As we remember the fallen and honor those who serve let us recommit ourselves to giving our soldiers no less than they give us every day.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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