Bush No Friend of Military

Take a look at The Salt Lake Tribune — No friend of military

One of the most hypocritical sights I’ve ever seen was George W. Bush in full flight gear strutting around the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln at the end of the Iraq invasion. Given that he was AWOL from his National Guard post for over a year, Bush’s actions were insulting to all former and present military personnel.

Now, according to The Army Times, we learn that the White House fought a proposal to double the $6,000 gratuity paid to families of troops who die on active duty, and it wants to roll back recent increases in monthly imminent-danger pay (from $225 to $150) and family-separation allowance (from $250 to $100) for troops getting shot at in combat zones.

The White House budget proposal for 2004 also cuts $1.5 billion of the $9.2 billion military construction request, ensuring that a lot of military housing will remain substandard. President Bush’s fiscal year 2004 budget plan even proposes to cut Impact Aid funding by over $200 million, with the entire reduction to come from the portion designed to support the education of children of military personnel.

As hundreds of thousands of our sons and daughters are still in harm’s way, his cuts are particularly offensive. Except for political show, President Bush is no friend of the military.

I encourage readers to write similar letters to the editors of your local papers.