Saturday, June 02, 2007

Speaking of credit where it's due…

…a snappy salute to National Commander Gary Kurpius of the VFW...

WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest combat veterans group on Friday urged the military to "exercise a little common sense" and call off its investigation of a group of Iraq war veterans who wore their uniforms during anti-war protests.

"Trying to hush up and punish fellow Americans for exercising the same democratic right we're trying to instill in Iraq is not what we're all about," said Gary Kurpius, national commander of the 2.4 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars.
"Someone in the Marine Corps needs to exercise a little common sense and put an end to this matter before it turns into a circus," Kurpius said.

Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh had already received an honorable discharge from active duty before he was photographed in March wearing fatigues - with military insignia removed - during a mock patrol with other veterans protesting the Iraq war.
It's exactly the kind of response I expect from the leadership of veteran's organizations - the kind that sadly never seems to come from the American Legion, for instance - and it just might inspire a dues check from some of the younger veterans.

Might inspire one from an old soldier too...


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