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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cut Military Funerals?

The following is a letter that AMVETS National Commander Cleve Geer wrote in response to Bill McClellan's column, which focused on cutting military funeral honors in order for the government to save money. To read his column, visit:

I am outraged and disappointed in the opinions expressed in your column that calls for the end of military funeral honors. As the leader of AMVETS, a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization, it is appalling that you suggest cutting funeral honors for military personnel in order for both the federal and state governments to save money.

Only 1 percent of Americans currently serve in the military and less than 7 percent of Americans are veterans.  For you to state that “most veterans did nothing heroic” is absurd. The mere fact that these men and women served in the Armed Forces proves that they are willing to sacrifice time, blood and their very lives for people like you, who they have never met. This in itself is heroic. Our veterans are the role models that children should be looking up to in today’s society. They have exhibited courage, whether behind a desk or in the midst of enemy fire; show that dedication to one’s country is more than demanding the government hand out benefits; and do not complain when the country turns their back and ignores their service, as with Vietnam veterans.

In fact, funeral honors for veterans should be protected in the coming days of spending reductions. Veterans have shed blood and sweat so that we may live in a free and prosperous country. To deny them the honor of being buried and celebrated because you believe they are not heroes shows just how unappreciated military service has become in our country.

Considering how little veterans ask for in return for their service, the least Americans and our government can do is provide them with a proper and honorable burial.

Veterans Supporting Veterans,

Cleve Geer
AMVETS National Commander

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  1. Great reply to a stupid article.

  2. Great response. My husband served in Viet Nam, suffered the horrors of war and came back, not as a hero, but cursed as a murderer, baby killer, baby *****, etc. He was cursed at and spit on. At the age of 64 he died quietly due to the injuries and illnesses connected with the war effort. But one thing about him, he was always proud of his service and his country. Since his death I have been treated very well by the military and the VA. He also received military honors at a federal cemetery for which I was very proud. THIS IS A GREAT NATION! DON'T EVER FORGET THAT!

  3. This McClellan says he served as a Marine in Vietnam, but his second article lists no unit, no location in Vietnam, no time frame. I think McClellan owes the vets some basic details so that others in his Marine unit - if it exists - can step forward and say they remember him.

  4. As Vietnam veteran myself, I am honored that somebody could stand up to a heartless person such as that columist, thank you commander for standing up for us who served.

  5. I'd like to hear more from the Legislative Department!

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  8. Another example of an obviously non veteran. Veterans are constantly putting their lives on the line for the freedoms of people such as the columnist that wrote the piece to stop honors. She probably promotes the waste of government spending such as the first ladies overstaying vac3ations which cost a measly million dollars, how many funeral honors would that pay for. These columnists love the freedoms they have here, yet fail to recognize the cost, not only money, but the lives of so many of our armed forces personal. For the most part the government only pays a small portion of the funeral honors e.g.. flag, and medallion the service and taps are usually provided by volunteers. Keep the honors, and if you like the freedoms you have, thank a service man or woman today because if it were not for the service they give or gave you would not be able to write your piece. God Bless America.

  9. Great piece of writing, I really liked the way you highlighted some really important and significant points. Thanks so much, I appreciate your work.

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