From: Richard Alberti
Received: Sept. 10
Mr. George Yeager,
I appreciate so very much your letter in The Republic. I was beginning to think that no one really cared one way or the other.
I, too, have served my country but have never actually been in combat. Were you ever in combat?
My younger brother won the Combat Infantry Badge in the 1960s in Vietnam. I am extremely proud of him.
Fortunately, he survived and returned home.
You are also correct in your assessment of the freedom of speech.
However, I must maintain that our children must be taken out of the Middle East immediately. As you noted, Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us many, if not thousands of military deaths.
An oath to protect and defend in the Middle East is, in my opinion, for one reason and one reason only. It is so that the profit-makers can make more money. I could name names but will not.
I now, at this time, have a relative in Kuwait.
Protect and defend is an honorable idea, but not when it comes to making the rich richer.
Losing more children for money reasons is sickening to say the very least.
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