What kind of people have we become in this country? Every time I open a newspaper or a magazine I read about graft, theft, fraud and greed. Today I found myself enraged when I read that an American soldier, Capt. Elder Saintjuste who had fought in that worthless war in Iraq, after serving three tours of duty in Iraq, has been forced to retire as a sergeant. He served in the army for twenty years. He served at the behest of the then President of the United States of America, Mr. George W. Bush who took this country into a War that has totally destroyed the Middle east and has cost this country it’s wealth both in lives and dollars. Now a soldier who has risen through the ranks to become a Captain in the army, thinking that he had a great job and a secure retirement for his family ,has been forced to retire at $1200 a month less than a Captain’s pay because he hasn’t been a Captain long enough to receive full retirement pay for that rank.. Why should those people who have risked their lives to save ours, why should they be deprived of their pay and not the members of the Congress, and the Senate who seem to serve only themselves these days and not the people of this country. They, who have spent vast fortunes for their elections should surely sacrifice something for the people who have risked their lives for them.
Rita Fredricks, actor, activist, blogger