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An individual soldier isn't caught up in political debate

Aug 6, 2014 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton


I was deeply troubled the other day when I picked up The Ranger, opened it up and saw the editorial cartoon on the opinion page.

It was a picture of two pair of combat boots next to each other, an M-16 rifle standing up out of them with a helmet on top signifying a dead solder.

On the helmets was the name Iraq.The caption from one of the helmets read "it was all for nothing".

I can tell you that 46 years after the 1968 Tet Offensive in Viet Nam, that cartoon brought tears to my eyes.

Those 46 years of dealing with that thought "it was all for nothing" have brought me to the considered conclusion that doing anything in life is "not for nothing" if the individual doing it is doing it for a good reason.The individual many times has no control over the larger picture but if his actions are honest and true as he believes them to be, then nothing you do in life is "for nothing".

It is sad that too many young men and women have their lives cut short because of leaders that do have some control and use that power for their own ends rather than the needs of our country.

I hope that this letter will help some veteran from the Iraq war better understand how unfortunate this cartoon is and perhaps we can all be a little more understanding when our vets come home with "baggage."

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