These Senators Voted Against the Troops
by James Glaser
September 20, 2007
What these Senators were voting on was a bill that would give the troops at least the same amount of time back here in the States as they had spent overseas in the combat zone, before they could be sent back into combat.
Right now, a Soldier or Marine could finish their tour of duty in Iraq, be sent home, and a week later they could get orders to go back to Iraq.
Combat tour after combat tour is destroying our military, and every combat veteran knows this is true. Multiple tours of combat raise the chance of life-long mental health problems for the service member, and the knowledge that they can be called back to combat at any time puts a lot of stress on those who must go and their families.
As I have said in the past, "Support the Troops" is just a slogan politicians use to help them get veteran votes. When it comes right down to it, Congress will do nothing for our men and women in uniform.
We have been fighting this War on Terrorism for over five years and still our troops do not have the equipment that could save their lives. Families still buy body armor for their loved ones, and troops are still driving unarmored vehicles in both Iraq and Afghanistan. If anyone in Washington really cared, they would be asking the American people to put pressure on the President to get our troops what they need.
Have you heard anyone in Congress stand up talk about that? Have you heard anyone running for President do that either? No, that's because politicians really don't care about the troops.
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