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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Lack of Support for U.S. Troops?

I follow the efforts of IAVA in raising awareness and support for our troops returning home, yet I was disappointed to learn that a recent online campaign to garner 111,000 pledges of support fell on deaf (or careless) ears. I'm wondering why people proclaim to honor support and cherish our soldiers, but even a miniscule, free gesture like this isn't worth anybody's time. Are people fed up with the war? Are sympathies waning? Any input is appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hm. I guess no one gives a ****.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 07:49 PM
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I think efforts by the military has been misrepresented by media and our own fantasy of what is going on over there. Yes there are deaths and set back on a daily basis, however most of the troops are there to help not hinder. I work with a member of the army, he said so many people think we go over there just to kill and take control. When in reality they are they to support and lend a helping hand. He said, I am there to save lives. I blame media
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-04-2010, 10:26 PM
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I'm currently still in Iraq. I'm a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout deployed with the 41st IBCT - 1-82 Cav. Anyways, I can tell you that Ive had mixed experiences with support. I recently went on my mid tour R&R. When I stopped in GA to connect flights, I had numerous people say "Thank you" and shake my hand. I gotta tell you, as small as this gesture may seem, it's truly HUGE in a soldier's eyes. I can't begin to tell you how much it means to us. I was very grateful, and gotta be honest, when I arrived in GA, I literally just wanted to hug each and every American I saw. I can't explain it, it just felt so good to be back on our beautiful soil! WHen I arrived in OR, it was a different experience. I'm somewhat used to it, but it was quite a contrast. I got numerous glares, whispers, etc. I've had people call me names and say derogatory things as well. One of my battle buddies was actually spit on. Of course as much as that ticks us off, we take it in stride. Heck, I honestly look at it like this: The fact that they are able to say those things, and express their opinions like that means we are doing our job correctly! HOOAH! Anyways, this is my offical "Thank you!" to all of you who support us. it means more than you'll ever comprehend.

Oh and just so you know, the media does not represent us well. We are doing some great things over here. Yes war sucks, people die that shouldn't have died and it's hard to deal with, hard to cope with, but it is a war and these things happen. As much as none of us want to make that sacrifice, we each made an oath to do so if necessary. But we do so much more than kill over here. We provide security for the people of Iraq, so they can go to work, school, etc without worrying about being murdered just because of who they are. We do humanitarian missions and pass out clothes, food, medical treatment (my favorite missions!) and so much more. I gotta tell you though, I can't wait to get home! Anyways, this is my .02. If you have any questions, and I can answer them without violating OPSEC, feel free to ask. I'll do my best to answer. Thanks and "Scouts Out!"
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