Michelle Obama March 13th, 2009, Ft. Bragg, NC
Mrs. First Lady, please do not encircle me in with your "most Americans" paint brush, trying to excuse your lack of knowledge and understanding of what the men and women of our armed services have gone through and are still going through today. I am not like you, I know men and women that have served and that do serve and I have never "taken it for granted". I have, in my family, men that served and men that died for this country. I know first hand the devastation of what a life lost in battle can do to a child, knowing their father will not come home. I've seen what war can do to a body, taking away legs, arms, eyes and the injuries that can't be seen. The men and women of our military and their families make sacrifices every day. It's a shame that you were "pretty oblivious" to them before you became First Lady.
And now, with your husbands impeccable timing, the President comes out just a few days later and tells the military families that if it is up to him, they will now have to pay for insurance to be treated for injuries received in battle. President Obama met with leaders of The American Legion and they were not pleased...
"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it." Read his full comments here.
$540 Million Bucks! We give, I mean the administration gives $170 Billion to AIG to keep them afloat for a short time, and they give ACORN Billions as well, for what?; but he says that there's no way for us, for U.S., to come up with $540 Million for the men and women that have put their lives on the line for this country and left parts of themselves on the battle field protecting us! If there ever was a man, a president, that didn't get it, it's this one.
There has always been a contract with the American Soldier, one that, if not written, is one that is understood by every red blooded citizen, that if a GI is wounded in battle or in any roll as a soldier of these United States, that they will be given the best care we can provide for as long has they need it. If someone is willing to lay down their life for you, not just to protect you from harm, but so you can have liberty, and pursue your happiness, don't they deserve your best effort, in return if they are hurt in the process, to heal them and provide for them the best care available. If your like me, your reading this, and that statement sounds as though it shouldn't have to be said, and you feel like saying....well duh.
Can you even think of a person that wouldn't think anything else? Well, there is one, and he is now our President. God help us, God help us all.
P.P.S. Obama backs off plan to alter vets’ healthcare This still doesn't excuse him from even the thought of it and the stress he put military families through with his asinine proposal.