Letters to the Editor

Government should take responsibility for wounded warriors

The Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial in Atascadero pays tribute to those who served in the military.
The Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial in Atascadero pays tribute to those who served in the military. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

If governments choose to send their youths into harm’s way and they are seriously wounded, governments should be responsible for their full recovery — or at least the cost of all treatment in lieu of full recovery.

The government should not require members of the military to suffer debilitating injuries without hope of living a fulfilling life or being assured of proper care. The responsibility is rightfully theirs. Yet individuals ask us to make questionable monthly installments to their Wounded Warrior Project, for example.

Republican politicians seem more willing to lay down our lives for their country, preferring to believe our duty requires it of us but not of them. Democrats are more reluctant to commit our youths to such a possibility (thanks to President Barack Obama), but the rule cannot always be ignored — World War II for example.

If Iran prefers to defeat ISIS without the help of the U.S., as it says — except for our air power if asked for — turn them loose! It is their problem, not ours! Sunni and Shiite tribes have fought and killed each other mercilessly since the seventh century. Better we don’t get heavily involved.

Kenneth Ramey, Paso Robles

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