Don’t forget our vets
by Chip Latcham
Nov 07, 2008 | 1258 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Barack Obama assembles his cabinet and prepares to assume the presidency, many Americans are carefully watching how this new administration will prosecute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, “The U.S. military, bracing for the first wartime presidential transition in 40 years (since Vietnam), is preparing for potential crises during the vulnerable handover period, including possible attacks by al-Qaida and destabilizing developments in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to senior military officials.

“‘I think the enemy could well take advantage’ of the transfer of power in Washington, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, who launched preparations for the transition months ago, and who will brief the president-elect, the defense secretary nominee and other incoming officials on crisis management and how to run the military.”

Obama has made his intentions well known that he wishes to end the war in Iraq as quickly as possible and send more troops to Afghanistan to handle the rise in violence there and go after bin Laden.

Regardless of how one feels about the wars, how we got there and whether we should fight them, we all must agree to continue supporting our troops. Our brave men and women serving overseas have made this nation a safer place, with no terrorist attacks on our homeland since 9-11, 2001.

One way to show our appreciation will present itself next week. Several Veterans Day events are being conducted in schools and around our county. Probably the most anticipated and usually well attended is the Beeville Garden Club’s annual Veterans Day program, which will be held at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at A.C. Jones Veterans Memorial Stadium. The community is cordially invited.

We sincerely hope our citizens will attend this ceremony, along with our many veterans. Let’s remember to fly our flag proudly on Tuesday, and thank our vets for protecting us and keeping the United States the land of the free and home of the brave.
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