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Support our troops – not with just a bumper sticker

There are many signs, posters and bumper stickers with the words, “Support our troops.” But what does that mean?

Well, “thank you” is not enough. Supporting our troops means, at a minimum, the following four things.

First, we should provide the best medical care available and not make the service member search for it. It should be provided as long as needed, especially for those suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Second, financial support should be provided to returning service personnel to help them adjust to civilian life. This includes a fully funded GI Bill.

We should not allow our service members to spend more than two tours in Iraq/Afghan- istan and the tours should be separated by more than a year. Yes, that means a limited draft but that’s what support is all about.

Finally, we should pay now for the wars our country is engaged in and not pass the cost to our grandchildren. Do we really believe strongly enough to pay for what we are doing?

So this is what supporting our troops really means, and that’s no bumper sticker.

Ed Patterson

Penn Valley

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