Friday, August 17, 2007

Bush Loves The Old Timers

From Houston Chronicle:

PEARLAND — Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, 75, opened an envelope last week to learn a Purple Heart had been approved for injuries he sustained as a Marine on June 22, 1952.

But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was "out of stock."

"I can imagine, of course, with what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, there's a big shortage," Reed said. "At least, I would imagine so."

The form letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and resubmit an application, or buy his own medal.

After waiting 55 years, however, Reed decided to pay $42 for his own Purple Heart and accompanying ribbon — plus state sales taxes — at a military surplus store.

I'm glad to see that the decider cares so deeply for the sacrifices made by the men and women who put their bodies on the line in defense of the principles of our country. While I don't agree with their current deployment, I will support anyone who makes that decision to join the military because, shit, I'm not doing it. I'll contribute in some other way that doesn't involve me going knee deep in the shit.