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Kevin Wolf

I know it's human nature and I know it's not unique to our country and its history, but soldiers get the shaft every time. For instance, returning Vietnam vets didn't get the help they needed to deal with the trauma of combat and return; once their job is done they're expected to shut up and go away.

But the disconnect, as usual with Bush, Inc, is greater than ever. It's drilled into our heads that everybody in uniform is a hero - that makes it easier to turn them into abstractions. Then off they go to do whatever it is they're doing - also never truly defined; rather we hear they're "defending our freedom," "freedom isn't free," choose your bumper sticker.

Next they're back in the States if they're lucky, dealing with the day to day reality - no slogans, no yellow ribbons, what good are they - of reaclimating. Some, as described above, have to find their way minus a limb or two, or otherwise maimed.

Think about the government that would call up young men and women, lie about why, ask them to do the impossible, then shun their families if they die, hide them if they are wounded, and ignore them if they speak out. Meanwhile, more troops and their families lose jobs (precarious these days anyway), fight for their rightful benefits, subsist on minimum wages and generally get fucked over.

Bush and his cronies are the worst of the worst.

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