Military Missions

Military Missions
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Lexington, Kentucky, USA
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October 31
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Founder
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Military Missions Inc
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I have what I consider to be the best job on the planet. I run Military Missions Inc, a nonprofit organization which supports military, veterans, and their families. I did not set out to start an organization, I simply did what came naturally when my son joined the US Marine Corps in 2004. I followed my mother’s heart. Previously, I taught school for 20 years (12 in public and private elementary schools, 8 in home education) and I have logged in countless hours as room mother, team mother, and parent volunteer. What started out as a mother sending care packages to her son has turned into a fast-growing nonprofit that keeps me busy 14 hours a day; and I love every minute of it! In addition to supporting our troops with care packages, providing support for their families here on the home front and getting involved with the veteran community, I’ve also been learning a lot about how our military functions and how to get some action out of our lawmakers. When I mailed the first care package six years ago, I had no idea that I would become an advocate for Wounded Warriors and Veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, the invisible wounds of war, but it’s obvious that God knew it all along. It is my honor and privilege to support those who have been willing to stand in the gap for my freedom. I figure this is the least I can do to say thanks. Felled Not was born out of efforts to help our combat veterans suffering with PTSD and TBI. Felled Not! No warrior shall be felled by invisible wounds.

APRIL 8, 2011 7:13PM

Let's pay congress at the same rate we pay our troops

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While we are all discussing the possible government shutdown and the affected government paychecks, I’d like to point out that freshmen lawmakers earn five times the amount of first year military officers.  Lawmakers salaries are ten times the amount paid to first year enlisted service members.

 Rep. Sanchez can't forgo paycheck.

Though some lawmakers have pledged to return their paychecks to the Treasury Department should there be a government shutdown, not all representatives are on the same page.  Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif), who happens to be one of the ranking members on the House ETHICS Committee, told MSNBC  that she is simply not willing to forgo her salary.  She has financial obligations which include student loans, care for her two year old son (the kid must have a silver spoon in his mouth), and she has to make payments on more than one home.

 

The irony in this situation is simply too much, and yet it paints the perfect picture of what is wrong with this country.

 

Here we have a lawmaker who promised, when elected, to represent her constituents.  She has been given the responsibility to sit on a committee which must deal with values relating to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions, and yet she can’t see what might be wrong with her continuing to receive her salary, (and we are paying her to simply be stubborn), while our military members must forego their paychecks.

 

Sanchez is worried about making TWO house payments and caring for just one child.  Most of our service members can’t even afford to buy ONE home and many of them have several mouths to feed.

 

Is Sanchez saying that she simply can’t make it a couple of weeks without her $174K salary?  For starters, I would suggest that Representative Sanchez get rid of her second home.  After all, President Obama callously told a father of ten children earlier this week that if he was going to complain about gas prices, he should trade in his SUV for a hybrid van as if this transaction could be easily handled at the Wal-Mart return counter.  Seems like a no-brainer that Sanchez can only live in one house at a time, so someone please help her put up the For Sale sign!

 

Our deployed troops have enough to worry about just trying to stay alive.  They don’t need to be worried about whether or not their families back home will have food on the table next week.  

 

I’ve heard all sorts of comments suggesting that if our miilitary families were being thrifty enough, they would have money set aside in case of an unforeseen emergency such as a government shutdown.  I am sure that most of our military families would have plenty of money set back if they were all making $174K a year!  If Rep. Sanchez can’t afford to miss a paycheck, how does she think anyone else can afford to miss one?

 

While our lawmakers, (you know those true “servants” representing WE THE PEOPLE) are making budget cuts, the first place they can save money is by cutting their own salaries.  I suggest that we pay the lawmakers at the same rate we pay our enlisted troops.  Anyone in Washington who is not willing to work for the same pay rate as our enlisted troops needs to step down and let someone else step up.

 

Benjamin Franklin suggested, during the Constitutional Convention, that elected government officials not be paid for their service. I think he was onto something.  If you are going to pay someone $174K a year, pay those who stand in harm’s way, halfway across the globe. Let’s put the value on the jobs with the actual risk and the actual sacrifice.   

 

 

 

 

Service members, on their initial assignment at the enlisted level of E-1 receive $1,1467.60 each month or $17,611.20 a year.  For those who earned a college degree before beginning their military career, service members who begin their assignment at the rank of O-1 earn $2,784.00 each month or $33,408 annually. (http://www.dfas.mil/militarypay/militarypaytables/2011MilitaryPayTable1-4.pdf)

 

Freshmen lawmakers make $174,000 a year.   (http://www.legistorm.com/)

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first, serves you right for continuing to support the rule of politicians. lincoln said 'by the people,' although he may have been lying. well, he was. but the theory was right.

second, you don't seem to understand, that your reps have inherited the seats of norman warlords, they are the evolutionary inheritors of feudal bandits. and you expect humility?

third, explain again why you are working for the people who invaded iraq on a lie? i can sympathize with doing it for the money, poverty drives us all, but i hope you are encouraging everyone to get out of the service as soon as possible.

and finally, why do you expect any better from the scum that infests the beltway, it's been like that for the last 50 years, i've been watching. fool me once, etc.
I agree with you completely! It's ridiculous that these congressmen and women are making that kind of money when our soldiers, who are risking their lives, make a slim slice of what the lawmakers make. If our government shuts down, no congressmen should receive their paycheck. After all, why shouldn't they have to suffer along with the rest of Americans? This country has problems alright. It's called, "greed."
al loomis, what part of the world do you come from? You do understand that it's not the soldiers that started the war in Iraq? It was our US President Bush with the approval of congressmen. It was done illegally and under false pretense. Our military don't deserve the blame. They are merely pawns, as the rest of us are, in this big game called life.
Al, I don’t work for anyone, and certainly not the people you are referring to in your remarks. I don’t get paid a dime. I volunteer every minute of my time to support the men and women who wear the uniform. I support the INDIVIDUALS who signed the dotted line of commitment to serve and protect this nation so that people like you could have the freedom to mouth off without a clue as to what they are yelling about.

When an 18 year old kid puts on a uniform and stands ready to serve his country, he is likely doing it because he wants to make a difference and do his part to rid the world of the bad guys and bring peace to the planet. Imagine how disillusioned that kid feels when he returns home to an entire country of ungrateful, self-centered people who could care less about his sacrifice. What is he supposed to do when he realizes that the weapons of mass destruction aren’t there? He is owned by the government and if he quits, he might as well take a plane straight to Leavenworth. Joining the military is a choice. Leaving military service early is NOT an option.

I am just as fed up as the next guy, (which would be you) with our government and the representatives who don’t represent anyone’s interests but their own. I EXPECT humility from our leaders, but I’m smart enough to know that I will never see it with the set of people who are currently in office. If I got to choose who worked on Capitol Hill, there would be very few of the same faces showing up for work tomorrow. Frankly, when I look around, I don’t see many in this country who are looking past their own noses. I think it would be nearly impossible to elect anyone who could survive very long in that world of arrogance without succombing to the selfishness and greed. As Baron Acton said, “....absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

It’s not easy to support and encourage the family members of someone serving in harm’s way when I already know that their soldier will come back changed in many ways. I’d love to be brutally honest and tell them what the Marine Corps and three combat deployment did to my son, but what good will it do to scare the life out of his family here on the home front?

I no longer fly the USMC flag on my front porch. I took all the USMC stickers off my car. I took down every single USMC reminder that was displayed in my home. I replaced my USMC keychain, purse, and water bottle with items that are any color but red and gold. I gave away the 15 USMC t-shirts in my closet because I don’t think I can ever bring myself to wear them again. I HATE what some of the highest ranking members of the Marine Corps did to my son to protect their own butts and jobs, and when I hear someone say Semper Fi it just about makes me vomit, but the kid that is getting ready to graduate from Boot Camp next week did NOT start these wars. His mother didn’t start them either. I have to do the best I can to help these family members keep their moral up and I have to hope and pray that their Marine will come home in better condition than mine did. I’ve got to put a smile on my face and do my part to make this country a BETTER place and I can’t do that if I live with rage in my heart and a frown on my face.

You and I are probably on the same side. The only difference is that I’m trying to do something positive to support the INDIVIDUALS who wear the uniform on my behalf, while you seem to be pointing fingers of blame and doing a lot of name calling.....which is not unlike the “scum that infests the beltway”.

It’s obvious you didn’t read the blog I posted yesterday so I will direct you to it with this link: http://open.salon.com/blog/militarymissions/2011/04/06/the_cost_of_playing_politics

If you don’t like it, and you don’t get it, then don’t comment.