I caught a bit of an interview on C-SPAN2 this evening of an interview with former Marine Captain Nathaniel Fick, who authored “One Bullet Away : The Making of a Marine Officer“. I have to admit I’m not too sure how I feel about the man as an author or political/military spokesman (I have not yet read his book), but he did say one thing that caught my attention:
Everyone (disregard the fruitcakes running rampant in Seattle for the moment) says “I support the troops”, but how? How do you support the troops?
Do you believe that simply saying “I support the troops” is supporting the troops?
Do you believe that slapping a yellow ribbon magnet on your car is supporting the troops?
Do you believe that voting for politicians who actively work to undermine the military is supporting the troops?
I would suggest that anyone who answers any of the above questions “yes” is misguided at best, delusional or an outright liar at worst. Mr. Fick had some good answers for the average American on how they can truly support the troops. I’ll expand a little on those:
There are active duty, reserve, and guard members from all over the country in harms way. They have families in every community in the United States who are getting along without a key member of their family. Each of these families can use your support, be it financial, physical, or just kind words and emotional support.
There are active duty, reserve, and guard members in every community in the United States who have recently returned from service in Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere. They may or may not be wounded in some way. Each one of them deserves (and perhaps needs) your thanks, your compassion, and possibly your financial, physical, or emotional support.
There are http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/help.html innumerable agencies in place to provide direct support to those same active duty, guard, and reserve members – each of them relies on donations and volunteers to do their good work. If you cannot find one in your local area, perhaps you could help get one started.
If you are unable to donate money, time, or material goods, perhaps you could simply try http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/index.aspx writing a heartfelt letter to a servicemember, thanking them for their dedication and sacrifice.
Finally – since I know that many of those reading this are in fact website/blog owners themselves – how about adding a prominent link on your own website and inviting your readers to visit the http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/index.aspx America Supports You website?