[Vision2020] Please Help our dying troops!

Donovan Arnold donovanarnold@hotmail.com
Sat, 19 Jul 2003 15:12:58 -0700

Well Tom,

Now you know how offended I feel about! Irritating isn't it? I have every 
right to insult a man that insults our troops. I will do it again, and 
again, and again. For someone that says he supports his troops, you ain't 
doing much about it now are you? WAKE UP Mr. Hansen! Are troops are getting 
picked off one by one everyday, they are sitting ducks that can't do crap 
about it. Even the Centcom Commander has stated the troops' needs are being 
ignored by higher members of the military. The only reason you spent one 
year in Vietnam was because people back in the states fought against it. 
They didn't say "Oh what a bunch of pussies." Yet, you having been there, 
and won't even write ONE letter to ONE person to ask that their commanders 
address a few of their concerns. That is called hypocritical. I think you 
should be ashamed.
As for my service to the military, it was not the same as yours. But it was 
none the less very costly. I never even knew my father until I 12 years old. 
My father was gone all the time until then. I never got to play ball with my 
daddy. He never taught me to ride a bike, or play baseball. It was my older 
brother that took on this role. WHY? Because my dad was gone all the time, 
on tours on ships. Sometimes, I would not see my father for 6-8 months at a 
time. He was not even around when I was born!
When I see children all across this country suffer the same fate of a mom or 
dad being gone for one-five years at a time, if they return at all, for the 
sake of this stupid unjust war, if makes my blood boil. Their is no reason 
men and women should be away from their spouses and children for that long. 
Some children have both parents over there. BOTH! No parents. What kind of 
crap is that Mr. Hansen?
If you don't have the courage to say something for the sake of our Troops or 
their families than I question your integrity and commitment to the welfare 
of the American People. If you have, then thanks, don't write back implying 
that you have not and ruffel my feathers. If you don't write, to any 
authority, I have zero respect for you because you are hypocrit to get 
advantages for people protesting here against the unjust war you were in BUT 
will not do the same for others in the same situation.

Donovan J Arnold

>From: "Tom Hansen" <thansen@moscow.com>
>Reply-To: <thansen@moscow.com>
>To: "Donovan Arnold" <donovanarnold@hotmail.com>
>CC: <vision2020@moscow.com>
>Subject: RE: [Vision2020] Please Help our dying troops!
>Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 14:32:09 -0700
>Mr. Arnold -
>You stated:
>"Are you such a man that nothing would cause you to speak out for the other
>troops in your unit and take the reprimand?"
>How f***ing dare you even imply that I would not support my troops.
>I have gone to bat for troops within my squad (and later my platoon) 
>times.  I have gone as far as putting my stripes on the Battalion
>Commander's desk.  That is part of being an NCO.  I feel that if my troops
>do not feel comfortable approaching me with a problem, then I have done
>something wrong.  The foremost characteristic that I have emphasized in
>training has always been cohesion.  Every soldier, from the newest private
>up to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should feel more willing 
>discuss problems with his/her first-line supervisor than taking it up with
>the media.
>And what branch of the service were you in, Mr. Arnold.  For how long?
>I am not suggesting that you walk a mile in someon'e shoes before you
>criticise them.  But you should, at minimum know how it feels to wear them.
>As far as combat tours are concerned, I served a year in Vietnam.  I don't
>care to discuss that part of my life and I certainly will not discuss it
>Tom Hansen
>SFC, U.S. Army (Retired)

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