Recognize ex-SEALs

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Regarding the deaths of the two former Navy SEALs killed in the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11:

Being a 100-percent disabled Marine veteran of Vietnam, I have many medals that reflect my sacrifice for my country – which brings me to the reason for writing.

Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who died defending our country in a civilian capacity as security personnel, should not go unrecognized for their heroism and valor.

Their families should not have to bear the thought that their loved ones won’t be honored with a keepsake that they can hold to remind them of the heroes that they are. Therefore, through my congressional representatives, I have requested that they see to it that these two men receive the civilian Presidential Medal of Freedom, or a similar medal if there is one, to honor them and the others who died trying to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and protect our sovereign ground.

The political battle to get to the truth should not take precedence over the families who deserve to have their loved ones recognized.

Gregory J. Topliff

Warrenville, S.C.

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/16/12 - 01:10 am
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You know

There's no such thing as an ex-SEAL. Once a SEAL always a SEAL.

fedex227
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fedex227 12/16/12 - 01:29 am
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Uh, sure there is ...
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If a military-trained seal gets out of the military after a couple of years, they're an ex-seal. Not to belittle or denegrate their training or service, but that's what they are. It's a choice. It's not rocket science.

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InChristLove 12/16/12 - 08:48 am
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Excellent letter Mr. Topliff

Excellent letter Mr. Topliff

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/16/12 - 10:04 am
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I disagree fedex

Ask a marine if there is anything such as an ex marine.

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soapy_725 12/16/12 - 11:34 am
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Patriots must learn....
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to separate brave military men and women from "political objectives" or be victims of a totalitarian flag waving government. Just as we are taught to separate the sinner from their sins.

In the real world, the MISSON, is number one priority. The MISSION is what the politician determine is the mission. Human losses are secondary. Always.

An expected 125,000 US soldiers were to be sacrificed in a land invasion of Japan. The use of the bomb came from a decision to exclude any other alluies from claiming a portion of Japan. Not the loss of life.

Look at world history for Pete's sake. This does not in any way diminish the sacrifices by military men and women.

Look around you at the MISSION's that had nothing to do with preserving freedom in the USA. Yet we citizens are chastised if we question the political objectives. The political objectives are always global power and stabilization of global finances.

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dstewartsr 12/16/12 - 10:19 pm
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Ex-seals?

Yeah, there has been a proliferation of "ex-seals" running around these days. Couldn't have anything to do with their identities being protected so they can't be check up on? Nah.

Truth is, if you've been in actual combat, regardless of what branch, that tour is for a lifetime.

fedex227
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fedex227 12/16/12 - 10:43 pm
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"Ask a marine if there is anything such as an ex marine."
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I don't mean to belabor the point or am I trying to beltittle the service of any military member, but yeah, there are ex-Rangers, ex-Marines, ex-Seals, ex-Pararescue Airmen... they become car salesmen, they work at Best Buy, they work at Sears, they even decide to work as security guards with contract companies. They go where the money is, as would anyone posessing a marketable skill.

fedex227
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fedex227 12/17/12 - 12:40 am
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'Hero' has been far too bandied about ...
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in this country lately. Definition of a hero? A worker at Sandy Hook elementary school who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 small children on their hands and knees to safety, then gave them paper and crayons to keep them calm and quiet. That's a hero.

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