Military Supporter – VA
I was born in April during the spring of 1966. My father was in Southeast Asia on that day. He was a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He attained the rank of Corporal in his first year.
My father never spoke much of his days in Vietnam. My family never asked many questions of him about his tour. The agitation he showed, the anxiety when he spoke of it, was enough for the family to know that his memories of the war were tortorous.
It is my opinion, partially shaped by my father’s experiences, that America is involved in and gets involved in too many armed disputes around the world. I believe that the reason Americans hold their liberty and freedom so sacred is because their forefathers fought and died for them. I do not believe that our military should be involved in trying to impose our form of a constitutional republic or our beliefs on freedom and liberty in countries where Sharia Law governs the society.
The Federal Government’s greatest responsibility is the protection of the citizens and the protection of the homeland. To that end, I believe no expense should be spared to ensure that America has the strongest, most advanced protectionary forces on the planet.
Furthermore, it is my belief that any American who has been conscripted or who volunteers for military service is due the best health insurance available. That our Federal Government today treats veterans to endless waits for medical services, often times caused by their service to country, is unconscionable. I will fight in Congress for a veteran’s card that will allow those who have sacrificed for America to choose the best private care available.
The decision to send soldiers abroad to fight for whatever reason the Congress deems necessary, is the gravest decision a congressman will ever make. I will introduce legislation during my first term that would make it the law of the land that anytime Congress puts the armed forces of America into harm’s way in any foreign land, anywhere bullets and bombs are flying, that all members of Congress will at those times be paid the salary of an Army Sergeant.