Reach out to returning vets

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Many members of our armed forces are returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it should be our patriotic duty to support them immensely. We need to provide special assistance to those returning to civilian life – the able and the disabled.

I suggest we salute and honor them by having a citywide parade, and help them gain meaningful employment. The city of St. Louis recently held a huge parade, and has had several successful job fairs, especially for veterans.

Citizens of Augusta, we can do the same. Let’s get started!

Tracy E. Williams Jr.

Augusta

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faithson
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faithson 02/08/12 - 12:23 am
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Back when I was growing up

Back when I was growing up (50's up north), We had parades and celebrations on Memorial Day. I would suggest Mr. Williams has a great idea and making Memorial Day a Day of Honor for those who have served our country, especially those who served in time of conflict. We already have a day on the calendar, WE just need to bring it back to the prominence it once held in our communities.

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desertcat6 02/08/12 - 02:29 am
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"We need to provide special

"We need to provide special assistance to those returning to civilian life – the able and the disabled"

There are several federal programs designed to support veterans. Each service is required to provide assistance before seperation, and the VA provides more through a number of venues to include the GI Bill. Veterans Day is a federal holiday for all veterans. Memorial Day is a federal holiday to honor those who have fallen in service to our country.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/08/12 - 09:22 am
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The greatest possible

The greatest possible dishonor was shown these veterans when we decided the wars we sent them off to fight weren't worth winning.

What a waste.

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corgimom 02/08/12 - 10:55 am
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Faithson- there already is

Faithson- there already is such a day. Armed Forces Day. Third Saturday in May.

November 11th- Veteran's Day.

Memorial Day is to honor DECEASED war veterans, and is a Northern holiday, timed to the North's season of last frost date, melted snow, and blooming flowers.

By the end of May in Augusta GA it is already stinkin' HOT and nobody in their right mind would want to spend all day in a cemetery, or tend a grave, as was the custom up North.

That's why it's not a big deal here in the South. The Confederate Memorial Day is April 26th, where the frost danger is gone, the weather is pleasant, and OUR flowers are in bloom, where you could tend to a grave and not get heat prostration. It's a common-sense thing.

faithson
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faithson 02/08/12 - 01:05 pm
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American Forces Press

American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 - Pentagon officials say they're all for a "New York-style tickertape parade" honoring combat troops who served in Iraq, but bowing to the military leadership's wishes, agree that the best time to do so is after all combat troops have returned home from Afghanistan as well.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/08/12 - 01:14 pm
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What is/will be the point of

What is/will be the point of celebrating a loss(es)?

faithson
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faithson 02/08/12 - 01:58 pm
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good point harley... but by

good point harley... but by the same token, those who have given their all to this great country should have their sacrifice recognized, even if the effort was in folly. They follow orders, It is the generators of those orders that should be held accountable.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/08/12 - 02:21 pm
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You're right, faithson. I

You're right, faithson. I have absolute respect and admiration for those who fought and died for America in both Afghanistan and Iraq, just as for those who fought and died in previous wars and excursions where America sent troops off to fight and die for causes in which the Country later lost interest. I have no respect for the politicians who oversaw the wars. lacked the guts to win them, and brought the troops home without victory.

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TParty 02/08/12 - 08:15 pm
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The biggest problem is this

The biggest problem is this country didn't sacrifice anything while these wars were going on. Taxes should be raised to pay for the wars, so that proper body armor could be issued, and proper treatment given to to those returning home with injuries.

One of the most powerful things I've read during these wars was
“America is not at war.
The Military is at war;
America is at the mall.”

American's can't even have their taxes raised a little to pay for the war. There was a time this nation was asked to ration rubber, meat fuel and other items when at war. That is no longer the case. So long as a Call of Duty games are put out on consoles every year, American's can pretend they are war.

So this explains why so few care about returning troops from Iraq. It's a travesty.

You can see the response above where someone doesn't want to be uncomfortable in the heat, or worry about being cold outside to say thanks. Only when the weather is perfect.

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