Originally created 10/31/04

Online Exclusive: Kerry doesn't support military



This last week of the campaign has proven to me that, if you just tell a lie long and loud enough, there are enough people who will believe it. As a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and I lived through the pay freezes and promotion slowdowns of the three previous Democratic administrations, and was humiliated when the last sitting Democratic president, who loathed the military, failed to salute his Marine honor guard. For John Kerry, who humiliated our Vietnam veterans by calling them baby killers and war criminals in front of the U.S. Senate to now say that he supports our military is the worst of lies. This is the same Kerry who, after saying that it would be irresponsible to not support our solders with the weapons and supplies that they would need to survive and be successful in war, voted to deny our solders those supplies.

Our men and women in uniform know what kind of commander in chief Kerry will be, and that is why in a Military Times survey they were 3-to-1 in favor of keeping our current commander in chief.

In the past four years, I have seen more done to help my fellow veterans by this administration then all the previous Democratic administrations. And I would like to personally thank Sen. Max Burns, who four years ago listened as I explained to him the injustice of the concurrent receipt law that prevented all retired, disabled veterans from receiving both their retirement and disability at the same time. He went to Washington and worked hard to start fixing this problem. ...

Let's send these good men, Bush and Burns, who have the support and respect of the military and veterans, back to Washington ... .

Lonnie L. Lowe Jr., Hephzibah

(Editor's note: The writer is a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant.)