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Do You Support The Troops?

“Some folks are born made to wave the flag,  Ooh, they’re red, white and blue” John Fogerty

Do you support the troops? It reminds me of when Jesus was brought the woman caught in the very act of adultery. The angry crowd demanded and answer from him and in response the Lord started to write in the dirt. When they hostile mob pressed him for judgment he replied “He who is without sin cast the first stone”. 

Navajo code talkers photoFirst of all I want to know what exactly do you mean in asking ‘Do you support the troops?’

I have been locked up with many people who served in the military. I don’t know if the reason they were in psychiatric hospitals was because of things they suffered in their service, whether their training or combat but I imagine neither of them helped their situation. On the other hand I know of others who had a very positive experience being in the military.

I believe there are those that ‘support the troops’ and those that ‘support the mission’ and the two groups are mutually exclusive. That is if one looks at the troops with compassion for their well being one would use them in battle with the greatest reserve. Unfortunately today in the guise of a ‘war on terror’ the troops of the United States are being used to occupy nations to secure their natural resources. In fact the United States is attempting world wide domination and hegemony.

There is no doubt that when a human being experiences combat and they are put in a situation where death is the goal, bad things happen to their psyche. I only have to point to the twenty suicides daily that are committed by our veterans, noting that that number is probably low. Or to look at the disproportionate higher percentage of veterans among the homeless population.

They are referred to as ‘America’s best’ but they are treated far from it. Truth is that the arrogant people who send off the poor to war care little about them. If the Wall Street executives did there would be a litany of programs out there to help our veterans. I’m talking about real, significant programs. Not a single soldier who served should be alone and homeless. It is a shame in a country so wealthy as ours that there are so many in poverty.

I fully support the troops but I am against the mission. I am against the wholesale destruction of other countries. I am against the destroying of our young men and women in the pursuit of economic gain.

I had a friend who was a Vietnam veteran. He lived in a small apartment and he had a dog as a companion. He had legal troubles regarding the dog as the land lord didn’t want him to have it. But my friend fought it saying it was a comfort dog that helped with is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My friend won the case. So I always would give him a dollar or two so he could get his dog some snacks.

One time I asked him “I heard you were in Vietnam did you see any action?”

“Yes” he said as he pointed to a healed, but noticeable gash on his forehead. “I got hit by a shovel”.

Stupidly I asked. “What did you do to the person who did that to you?”

“I killed him,” came the reply. The most shocking part of the answer was the matter of fact fashion that he said it in.

I want all war and killing to stop. But we won’t reach that point until we change the fundamentals of the system we live in. When caring for our fellow human being becomes our priority then we shall know peace.

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Do You Support The Troops?

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). Do You Support The Troops?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2018, from


Last updated: 5 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 5 Jan 2018
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