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OT - Citizen Soldiers
I am totally amazed about how well the Reserves and National Guard are doing in the Iraqi war. We used to get Navy Reservist onboard for two weeks of training. I always felt that they were a lot more interested in going on liberty than they were getting their quals completed. I live near the National Guard training base here in North Florida and I didn't have much respect for them either. Several years ago when the Pentagon announced that they were going to cut the active duty military numbers and integrate the Reserves and National Guard during times of crisis, I laughed at their foolishness. I don't think I have ever been more wrong about something concerning the military. I've had to change my way of looking at the Guard and Reserves.
On another note, my wife works with the wife of an Army Reservist that was called to active duty. Unfortunately, he does not work for a company that makes up the difference in pay and his family is having it pretty hard. Two days after payday, the wife had two dollars to last a week. The same day, the lights were turned off at her house. Before the Iraqi war, I would have said "tough", he shouldn't have joined the reserves or they should have planned better. I agreed with my wife that we should give her money to help. I can't help all the people that are in this predicament, but I can help this one family. Several of my wife's coworkers are also helping, so they will be okay. By the way, the lady had not asked for anything. People found out about her financial problems by accident. I have a feeling that there are a lot more families having it tough financially and could use some help, regardless of how you think about the war. The military in Iraq need to be thinking about staying alive and not whether their families have enough to eat at home.