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COLUMNIST CALLS FOR AN END TO MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS
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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/...ng-heroic/

Funny this is the first and only item in the budget that he can come up with to eliminate to save $$. His thinking sickens me.

Quote:ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH COLUMNIST CALLS FOR AN END TO MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS: ‘MOST VETERANS DID NOTHING HEROIC’

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan thinks the U.S. should put an end to military funeral honors. Both the federal government and Missouri’s state government are are broke, he explains in a column published Wednesday. Not to mention, “most veterans did nothing heroic” anyway.

“Everybody knows government needs to cut costs,” he writes. “This is exactly how you do it. You identify things you don’t need, and you cut them. Maybe they’re nice things, but if you don’t need them, you cut them. Admittedly, this program is a small item, but as you go through the massive budget, you look for lots of small items.”

He then argues that stopping military funeral honors would not be “a slap in the fee to veterans.” For military members who want to be honored for their service, they can join a “veterans organization.”

“We owe a lot to our veterans,” McClellan concludes. “They might not have been heroes, but they served.”
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fucking disgrace... i just sent that story to my father (a vet) and my brother(a vet)
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The thoughts that come to my mind right away would get me a vacation from the site so I will just refrain from saying anything else.
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#4
We are giving my grandfather his military funeral Saturday. And I have a few dozen relatives coming from NC just for him. Whoever wrote that article is worse than filth. Doesn't deserve to ...

I'm going to stop there.
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#5
I'll preface my statements by saying that I've attended military funerals as part of the Patriot Guard Riders. I have the deepest gratitude for our veterans and deepest sympathies for the families of the fallen.



Just for arguments sake... /me puts on his devil's advocate hat.

How about full military honors for those who have fallen in battle or during their military career and regular or modified funerals for those who served their time, and later died of other causes not associated with their military service?

Seems to me that someone killed in action deserves more recognition for their service than someone else who did their four years and then was discharged.

As I stated... My comments are only for the purposes of this discussion.
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#6
Does this include do nothing commander-in-chiefs?
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PisnNapalm;92065 Wrote:I'll preface my statements by saying that I've attended military funerals as part of the Patriot Guard Riders. I have the deepest gratitude for our veterans and deepest sympathies for the families of the fallen.

Just for arguments sake... /me puts on his devil's advocate hat.

How about full military honors for those who have fallen in battle or during their military career and regular or modified funerals for those who served their time, and later died of other causes not associated with their military service?

Seems to me that someone killed in action deserves more recognition for their service than someone else who did their four years and then was discharged.

As I stated... My comments are only for the purposes of this discussion.

I agree with you. A modified funeral service would still acknowledge military service, but reserve the full honors for those who were KIA.
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#8
The columnist is a Veteran that served in Vietnam. His thoughts were to end funerals to those who served like say my brother who served peace time in the states and spent much of his enlistment doing PT to keep his weight down so he could stay in. Hero?
In interviews he says to keep them for those in war zones and medal winners(medal of honor, purple hearts etc.)

Just about a year ago my father had a military funeral, he served in peace time. 50 or so years ago my Grandfather had a military funeral he was captured at Breesbruck fighting at the Battle of the Bulge and suffered in a POW camp until his release at the war's end. Bombs destroyed his hearing, he had unset broken bones healed over, was tortured and weighted about 90 pounds when released. Which one truly deserved a military funeral?
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Quote:‘MOST VETERANS DID NOTHING HEROIC’

Sorry, but even in peacetime, if you were in the service the possibility of putting your life on the line for the country existed if war "broke out", kind of heroic to me, but other folks idea on what that means may be different.
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#10
My father served during WWII and Korea. Was shot twice in Korea and died with one of the bullets still in him. He died 50 years after his discharge and did not have a Military funeral, just family.

I can see the argument of not having Military funerals for someone like my Dad, but it should be up to the families if they want one or not.


Better and more expensive things to cut from the budget. Car allowances, flight allowances, Free health Insurance for all of the House and Senate. Gee right there I'm sure we could cut out Millions.
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