Here in Syracuse, New York, I live pretty close to Watertown’s Fort Drum, a major military base… close enough to have our local news networks regularly report on what’s happening there… command changes, routine deployments, housing issues, that kind of thing. The 2-15 FA (2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery) who are attached to the 10th was actually formed here in WWI. Of course, the 174th Fighter Wing of the New York National Guard operates out of Hancock Intl. Airport here as well…the point is, in addition to the academic and medical worlds in Syracuse, there is also a strong connection to our country’s military, both National Guard and Regular Army.
Despite the fact that my writings about the current Administration that commands them may seem to indicate otherwise, I’m extremely proud of these men and women, sometimes to the point of tears. In fact, it’s because of that pride and the gratitude to these soldiers that I am so pissed off at their Commander in Chief, his Secretary of Defense and various other minions. As I’ve said repeatedly, these men and women are the best and bravest this country has to offer; they volunteered to serve their country, they believe in what they are doing in a way that the rest of us, except our civilian police and firefighters, never could. Would you put your life on the line for your boss? Would you risk your life for Wal-Mart, McDonalds or Nationwide Insurance?
I’ve never served in the military. I came of age in the years immediately following the fall of Saigon. In those days, to America’s lasting shame, returning veterans were treated like criminals