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Welcome home from Afghanistan
June 9, 2014 - Michael Palmer
After a year in Afghanistan, my nephew is back home with his family in Texas.
His family had to get up in the middle of the night to welcome him back Sunday as Dusty and his fellow Army Air Cav soldiers finished a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. My niece Kay had plenty of time to prepare for the homecoming and had a photographer and videographer on hand for the event.
After a short ceremony the commanding officer issued the command to charge and there were whoops of delight as couples tumbled back into each other arms, fathers and mothers were reunited with children, children hugged returning parents and everyone posed for celebratory pictures.
Over 2000 US troops have been killed in the conflict which makes us all very appreciative that our prayers were answered and he returned to us alive and without being wounded.
We have been able to stay in touch over the internet through the deployment which was a new twist. Family members of deployed soldiers are actually accustomed to not knowing much about what is going on when their loved ones are in units which have some classified missions and can not reveal their specific locations. He had been in such a unit before transferring to Air Cav.
During the deployment I noticed that moral was very low with the troops in the war zone.
The stories of cutting back on rations in Afghanistan are true. Two meals a day and the food is not quality.
In watching Marcus Luttrell's movie "Lone Survivor", the incredible story of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the mountains of Afghanistan, I assessed that the communications are poor, the resources, including helicopters are scarce and the command structure is lacking.
This situation will cause moral to drop like temperatures in the Arctic. I do know that there is a negative push against the military that starts in the Oval Office and that does not help matters.
While I am happy to have Dusty home, I still feel bad for those who remain overseas in that situation. We need to maintain a presence in the area, I feel that is a necessary evil. I do not support the cutting back of funding for these soldiers. If they are stuck in Afghanistan they should have everything they need to fight and live in relative comfort.
Please do what you can to let your elected officials know that we need to support our men and women in uniform, both on the home front and while deployed and after they are discharged.
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