Surprisingly, death is not the thing they fear most. They accept that risk when they volunteer to serve. No, it is the fear of wounds and disability, loss or capture that give them the greatest pause. That is why it is essential to honor our commitment, that no one shall be left behind and that no one shall want for care and succor from wounds received in battle. This belief is essential to maintaining good morale and the will to fight.
When elected, I plan on reminding our government of its commitment to the military as soon as I arrive in Washington and continuing to remind it until the promise is fulfilled to every veteran and wounded warrior.
No, we don't need to raise taxes or encumber our nation with even more debt to accomplish this. Indeed, countless wealth is squandered every day in the Pentagon as well as other governmental agencies. We need to plug the gaps and make sure that essential services to all citizens, as well as our service men and women, are provided.
Every day we see examples of their service to remind us that we are protected by the best. Don't we owe them the best in return?