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Veterans targeted at home


To The Editor:

Doughboys, GI’s, Fly Boys, Swabbies, Dogfaces, Gyrenes, Cost Guarders, WACS, WAVES, Grunts, Jar Heads... we were all Warriors once, some more often than others, some for longer than others; in jungles, on mountains, oceans, rivers, deserts, countrysides, cities, in far flung lands, and those closer to home... you name it - and we were there.

Warriors then, veterans now; bonded by mutual experiences of harsh training, combat, courage, bravery, perseverance, rejection, memories, pain and recovery... but also the shared and hallowed commitment of our oaths to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

We once wore targets on our backs. I maintain that as veterans we are once more targeted although sadly, here on the home front we fought to protect.

As evidence I cite the impact of the “Sequester” on the active duty military and veteran activities, entitlements; then too, the recent closing of the government which did little to the House, the Senate, the President or the Judicial branch - but managed to close VA facilities, cemeteries, support functions for active duty spouses and families even to (most tragic of all) refusing payment of death benefits to dependents of our fallen - and they can just as easily do it again, and more. We are targeted because we are available, easily identifiable, and legislatively simple to deal with.. what is our leverage?

At the same time, the Constitution that we swore to defend is being threatened and is frequently being used to harbor and protect those who would harm and destroy us as a Nation, and I cite here as examples, incessant challenges to our First and Second Amendments.

What’s my point?

We were warriors once. We are veterans now. I believe we need to be veteran warriors, and to be so from now forward - here in our homeland, be vigilant and be vocal!

PS: To the gentleman who accused me of using - and objected to my use of - a thesaurus: I believe there is a correct word for everything, I think the French refer to it as “le mot juste” or “le mot propre.” As an example, there’s no need to call members of the current Obama administration “liars.” One might use “dissemblers,” “prevaricators,” “hypocrites” and so on. There’s no need to use inappropriate and imprecise terms like “misspoke” when there are so many more correct terms available, even without the use of a thesaurus.

PJ Murphy

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