Looking back at this week’s news you see the Florida GOP primary election as well as the petty problems of party debates; but nothing whatsoever about our troops overseas. I still have a hard time understanding the lack of support for our nation’s troops by ignoring them on a general basis. If out of sight is out of mind, then the media’s stance of “no blood or guts no air time” seems like a deliberate stance against anything positive our troops are doing. As a military brat, I am simply unable to fathom such treacherous behavior; especially since my earliest memories are of being in a military base post-wartime and the hopes and fears involved shape my dreams to this day.
During class this past Monday, retired SMSgt. Rex Temple came and told us about his experiences overseas; and I got a whole lot of déjà vu. Deployment stories abound when you come from a strong military background, my father was deployed several times during the First Gulf War for for systems and intel analysis and I remember stories of caravan traveling to get anywhere. Again when he told us a story of calling in an Apache for back up I remembered my grandfather. While I don’t think he flew a fully loaded attack helicopter; I remember stories of him flying evac, supply, and transport missions in Vietnam.
High tech intelligence gathering isn’t always the best way to prepare for dangerous missions or hazardous travel. It can be so much more helpful to have the locals tell you what you need to know to avoid IED traps or locate insurgent facilities; and you really only get that kind of help by developing good relations with the people: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and educating the children. One good tip volunteered from even a child could save lives, so please show your support and donate school supplies for the children. It is important to remember that our troops are fighting for us, so we should always support them.