As I write this, know that it is 5 a.m. and I have been awake almost all night in an attempt to try to sleep. There is something that I must get off of my chest.

 

People say that they “Support the troops, but they do not support the war.” What does this mean? To some it means they do not support the way money is being spent overseas. To others it means that they have a loved one who joined the military and they do not want to sound like a bigot because they have someone that they care for in the military. But what does it sound like to combat veterans. Remember with the wars that we are in now, no one pulled a number out of a hat – No one said go to war or go to jail. No! This is a ludicrous statement. Think about it from a combat veteran’s standpoint: Those that support the troops will support whatever conflict the troop is in.  It is unfair to tell a Soldier/Sailor/Airmen/Marine that they are supported, but not what they are doing. Think about it for a minute. Every person that is in the United States military swore to uphold the Constitution:

“I , (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

I have taken this oath, myself, and I have family members that have taken this oath. When I joined the Army, I joined in a time of peace. Did I know that there was going to be a war that took place while I was in: NO! But I supported my President that said that we needed to do it because he knew better than a peon private. Now my little brother joined the Army and is in his basic training right now, he took the same oath as I did, as he supports and defends the Constitution of the United States – I have sleepless nights thinking, praying that he does not have to go through the hell that I went through; and the hell that others went through worse than me. And especially what gets to me is this: DON’T LOOK AT ME AND TELL ME YOU SUPPORT US, AND THEN TELL US THAT WHAT WE DID WAS STUPID!!!

That is what it means when you tell the troops that you support them, but not the war. That is what the military is trained for: WAR! I find it incredulous that people will say this and/or have a bumper sticker that says such things. I don’t care – it is ludicrous. If you disagree with policy that is one thing, but if you disagree with the war that the troops are fighting in then you are disagreeing with the troops and you are not showing very much support. Remember that to be a member of the military, you go through testing, and yes there are certain traits that get through and passed through of those that are so-called “crazy,” but don’t we need that?

I love what I did for my country – I do not regret working for the United States Army. The Army gave me a life; I did a majority of my growing years in the Army – I learned that respect is truly earned not given. Once you look at life and see how fragile it is, and how easy it is to take another’s then you too will see what we see as Veterans.

FreedomSystem.org is taking on a motto that is all about who we are. We are taking on a mission to help out Veterans and their loved ones that have lost. I will announce it at a later date, but please remember to check back and read our post, and support us here because there is something great coming on the horizon for this site, and we want you our supporters to see what is about to happen with us.

The United States is about to go through a radical transformation, good or bad, I will let you decide… Remember to cast your vote on November 6th, 2012 for whomever you feel is the best candidate. I personally will be voting out our current President for lack of being Presidential (that is another post to come). I would say that there is nothing more that you can do to support your troops than having a President who also supports his troops. Remember that if you are like me, a Veteran, and you need help, there is always someone willing to listen. Hit me up on here and I will always email back.

Until next time:

 

PEACE

Kenny Holmes
CEO / President at FreedomSystem.org
My name is Kenneth Holmes (Kenny, please!). I have two degrees from Indiana University - an Associates in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors in General Studies (concentrations Political Science, English, and Electronic Media). I am medically retired from the United States Army after 12 years of serving our great and wonderful country: United States of America. I am a father, a husband, a son, a brother, and a productive member of society!

My full time job is working with veterans and making their lives more manageable. I own my own photography company, Holmes Photography, and I build websites and do other side computer related work - graphics and the whatnot!

If you would like to know more about me you can email me at kenny@kennyleeholmes.com or kenny@freedomsystem.org