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Re: Word from Iraq


Rich,
I think you're right, the media make the difference.  Our local news always
covers the Indiana Natl Guard, Army reserve, etc.  But the Natl News covers
more.  However, when you say "with any reserve type unit, the members are
"citizen soldiers" and the regulars are the professionals."  I don't agree,
necessarily.  Many reservists were on active duty at some time and may have
several years of experience under their belts.  But a lot af regular Army
are 18 and 19 year olds with little experience.

Regardless of what type of service they've enlisted in, they all deserve our
own and our country's care and concern.  I don't agree at all with this mess
this administration has created, but I can't blame that on our servicemen
and women.  They are dedicated to our country and we should appreciate them
for that.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard T. Apking" <richa@midlands.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 2:13 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Word from Iraq


> Hi Ceres,
> Having been there and done that, I agree that the Guard does seem to have
> recognition that the regular army doesn't seem to have.
>
> I do think that is because that portion of the news we see and identify
with
> most is the regional/local coverage from our local TV stations.  They, of
> course, will tend to emphasize the events that "sell" in their respective
> coverage areas.  Also with any reserve type unit, the members are "citizen
> soldiers" and the regulars are the professionals.  That distinction is
> especially prevelant when as a "reserve" you deal with the "professional".
>
> I think that soldiers not being able to have coffee or adequate toiletries
> is a crime, although I know the military individuals well enough that if
> they weren't complaining about that, there would be something else equally
> earth-shattering.
>
> The, IMHO, really huge problem is just starting to surface, and that is
the
> lack of follow-up care for individuals wounded in this conflict.
>
> > << Guess our country isn't
> > doing such a great job of providing the GI's with basic toiletries like
> > deodorant and stuff either. >>
> > Melody, I think if you look back or have been involved/family involved
in
> > previous military conflicts, even in peace time, our troops today have
> much, much
> > more.  In Desert Storm the natl guard personnel who were serving rcd
> special
> > privileges or recognition which the regular military did not. I do not
> have
> > anyone close in the regular military today but I suspect this is still
the
> case.
> >  We never hear about the regular military and their hardships only the
> guard
> > yet they both signed for the same objective. That is part of the
> commitment
> > and why we should provide for  our veterans.  Talk to anyone who has
> needed help
> > even with problems/injuries incurred as a result of their mission.  It
is
> not
> > good.
> >     Ceres
> >
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