While The Government Turns It’s Back On Our Soldiers, You Can Show Your Support

Posted on October 10, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

The war in Afghanistan is worsening. Every day there are reports of Soldiers getting killed. Word then comes that President Obama has barely spoken to Gen. McChrystal and virtually ignored requests to bolster troop levels needed to win the war. Of course, once this is made public, the president allows a short photo-op type meeting aboard AirForce One with the general, while on the way home from unsuccessfully trying to obtain the Olympics for his hometown of Chicago.
Later in the week the following stories appear:
Senate Puts Pork Over Funding Soldiers from Publius at BigGovernment.com
Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released the following statement after the Senate rejected Coburn amendments that would have forced Congress to shift earmark funds back toward vital operations and maintenance. By a vote of 25 to 73, the Senate rejected an amendment offered by Dr. Coburn that would have restored to the troops $165 million earmarked within the Defense appropriations bill’s maintenance and operations accounts for congressional earmarks.
“In a time of war it is unconscionable for members of Congress to divert funds from vital operations to less-than-vital parochial pork projects. I regret the Senate voted today to protect their pet projects at the expense of our troops,” Dr. Coburn said.
The Pentagon has also expressed concern over the excessive amount of earmarks Congress has requested:
“Every dollar that we are forced to spend on things which we do not need requires us to take money from things which we do need. And the people who lose in that trade-off are our troops and the taxpayers,” said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon spokesman. The operations and maintenance (O&M) accounts ensure military readiness by providing much needed funds for training troops for combat and for maintaining tanks, airplanes, ships, and related equipment such as the purchase of spare parts. O&M accounts also fund a wide range of activities such as civilian personnel management and payments, transportation expenses, health care, and child care. In May 2009, the U.S. Navy ran out of O&M funding and had to reduce training hours for carrier air wings and at-sea time for some ships. The earmarks funded in the 2010 Defense appropriations bill raid these accounts that are essential to the protection of our troops and our nation’s defense to pay for $165 million or earmarks not requested by the military. “The Senate is putting favorable headlines back home above our men and women fighting on the front lines. American families are prioritizing and eliminating waste in their own budgets, it is a disgrace that Congress has refused this common sense approach to spending taxpayer dollars,” said Dr. Coburn. Coburn amendments to the bill included:
Amendment 2566 — To restore over $165 million in operations and maintenance funding to members of the Armed Forces to prepare for and conduct combat operations by prohibiting funding of earmarks from operations and maintenance accounts, defeated by a vote of 25 to 73.
Amendment 2565 — To require the National Guard and Reserve Component to submit their modernization priorities to the entire Congress, and seek input from Secretary of Defense Gates, defeated by a vote of 28 to 70.
Coburn amendments accepted:
Amendment 2563— To require all reports authorized in this bill be publicized and accessible to the public once completed.
Amendment number 2585 — To restore $100 million in operations and maintenance funding to members of the Armed Forces to prepare for and conduct combat operations by accounting for the August 2009 Congressional Budget Office economic assumptions and reducing funding for low-priority research and development earmarks.
President Barack Obama is prepared to change American policy and accept a role for the Taliban in Afghan politics, according to a senior official. -Alex Spillius in Washington For UK Telegraph
Mr Obama is holding a series of meetings with advisers and military commanders as he ponders America’s options in Afghanistan. General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander of Nato forces in the country, wants another 40,000 American troops to pursue a new counter-insurgency strategy.
But the latest indications are that Mr Obama will probably turn him down. Any reinforcements are likely to be far below this figure. The emerging thinking in the White House seems to favour a lighter campaign aimed at defeating al-Qaeda rather than crushing the Taliban.
Insteaed, America might seek a settlement of sorts with the Taliban, giving them some involvement in Afghan politics. An official involved in the review told Associated Press that America would “not tolerate their return to power”, but may not seek the total defeat of the Taliban. Some in Mr Obama’s team believe that only a minority of the Taliban are aligned with al-Qaeda and share its goal of attacking the West. “They’re not the same type of group,” said Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary. “It’s certainly not backed up by any of the intelligence.”


To me, this appears reminiscent of Vietnam. Send our troops over there to fight in our name, then tie their hands by not supporting them with what they need to fight the war to win. Has our government learned nothing or is it that they just don’t value our soldiers lives? Either fight to win or bring our family members home. By proceeding in the manner our government appears to be heading, they are doing nothing but causing an increase in fatality rates among our soldiers. We, as a people, can not allow the health care reform debate, nor the cap and trade debate to overshadow the importance of supporting and making sure our government supports our military at this time of war. Please on your daily call to your representative and senator, in addition to fighting to maintain our freedom at home, please demand they stand up for our freedom fighters abroad. You can also help by providing a registry list to help comfort a deserving soldier:


The Soldier’s Registry works like a wedding registry. Find your Soldier, review the items a service member is hoping to receive, check off that you are sending that item. The registry empowers the United States public to reach out and touch U.S. soldiers on the ground. In this way, they can directly participate in the protection of our freedoms by supporting our troops with the specific gift items they desire.
Other organizations dedicated to helping our troops include:
As a volunteer-led nonprofit with 200,000 volunteers, we have over 30 different teams supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Through special projects, dedicated teams and individuals supporting our troops, we make a visible difference in the lives of our service members and their families. To get involved, check out the list below or learn more here!
You select one or more Soldiers from the Where to Send page. You will notice the Soldier’s address includes the line, “ATTN: Any Soldier®” . The Soldiers are volunteers for this effort, they will see the “Attn” line, and will put your letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don’t get much or any mail. This effort is 110% voluntary. We provide help on the What to Send and How to Send pages. You send your support, and maybe some stuff, directly to whatever unit or units you want, you don’t send us anything. PLEASE read the entire web site before you send anything as we want you to be informed and comfortable with this effort.
The ASMBA STAR Foundation was created on April 2, 2008, as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-commercial, tax exempt corporation located in Nashville, Tennessee. In keeping with the intent of the founders of ASMBA, the ASMBA STAR Foundation is a voluntary association of persons dedicated to improving the quality of life for all military personnel, veterans, and their families.  The Foundation is committed to sound fiscal responsibility.  You can view our Form 990 here.
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home. Operation Homefront has processed more than 45,000 cases, including more than 2,100 involving wounded warriors. Operation Homefront serves all branches of the armed forces, including active duty, Guard and Reserve.

SHARE CHRISTMAS WITH OUR DEPLOYED MILITARY HEROES! YOU can make a difference in the life of an American hero!
WWP’s top priority this year is to win enactment of legislation establishing a national program to provide critically-needed supports to family caregivers of severely wounded warriors.  WWP was successful in persuading lawmakers of the need for an OEF/OIF caregiver program that includes needed respite care, mental health counseling, technical assistance, health care coverage, and modest financial support.  And with your help, we’ve made headway.  But the legislative process now needs another “push.”  In the Senate, a strong bill (S. 801) that would provide comprehensive supports for caregivers of OEF/OIF veterans has won committee approval, but its progress has slowed. The House of Representatives has passed a caregiver-assistance bill (H.R. 3155), but it provides only limited help.  It fails to provide most OEF/OIF caregivers such critically needed assistance as financial support and health care.   With Congress back in session, we must rekindle the momentum for, and win passage of, a strong caregiver-assistance bill.  Grassroots action can make the difference!  Click here to take action immediately! 






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