Iowa State Lecturer: Soldiers “creat[e] anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy” and don’t deserve carepackages.

 
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Iowa State Lecturer: Soldiers “creat[e] anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy” and don’t deserve carepackages.

 [Picture above is me talking to local villagers about their educational and potable water needs.  If my lieutenant sees that picture, I swear this may have been the only time I wore my Red Sox hat outside the wire.  Well, that might be a lie, but I swear I had the helmet somewhere.]

UPDATE: I will be on Fox and Friends tomorrow morning at 6:20 to discuss this issue.  Also, he is a "lecturer" not a Professor, and I have altered the title accordingly.  (Thanks to the tip from Mr. Foster below)

Here we go again.

 Thomas Walker, a “lecturer in the intensive English and orientation program” at Iowa State University has gone the way of the Law Professor at Suffolk, and taken issue with attempts to send carepackages to deployed troops.  I really wish it hadn’t been ISU as I have an affinity for the school because that is where my friend Past National Commander Rehbein spent the better part of his working life.  And the reality is that no one school should be culpable for the actions of one individual.  It amounts to a sort of “hecklers veto” where the school gets a black eye for the actions or statements of  a single miscreant, while the good work of so many others is largely ignored.  But so it goes.

Let’s look at what he has to say:

I read in Tuesday's Iowa State Daily that the College Republicans have begun collecting sundries for U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why? Doesn't the U.S. Army victual its soldiers? Don't their families send them yuletide goodies? Aren't GIs paid enough to buy what they need, and even what they want?

Yes, the army “victuals” its troops.  In fact, we got a lovely assortment of MREs whenever we headed out.  A true culinary classic is the spaghetti and meat balls.  The sublime experience of eating pound cake in the pouring rain is enough to bring the owner of even the least discerning palate to tears.  As I read his statement it conjured to mind the famous question of George C. Scott as Scrooge: “Are there no prisons?  No work houses?”

You know why care packages sent from home mean so much?  Is it because we were starving?  Is it because we were too poor to afford our own food?  No, because it meant something.  Sure, I could get heaping portions of food from a Mermite, but when you know that someone cared enough to send food halfway around the world, the food nourishes not only the body, but the soul as well. 

Some folks don’t have families to send them stuff Mr. Walker.  Many of us don’t have an extensive family support mechanism when we deploy.  Which is why groups like Soldiers’ Angels exist, and have mottos that encapsulate that:

May No Soldier Go Unloved

May No Soldier Walk Alone

May No Soldier Be Forgotten

Until They All Come Home

 

"As Republicans we believe in charity," stated Jeremy Freeman, a member of the College Republicans. Donating toiletries, boxed and canned foods, socks and beanies to U.S. soldiers who can already deodorize themselves, who eat better than the poorest Americans and who are gallantly garbed, is an eleemosynary travesty.

“Gallantly garbed?”  Really?  Are you $#!^^ing me?  Let me tell you about my gallant garb.  My wardrobe was digitzed and mono-chromatic.  Sure, it is trendy among homeless folks you see with cardboard signs, but seldom if ever do I see Giselle Bundchen strutting the catwalk outfitted in a lovely ensemble of digital pattern BDU’s.  And our boots are not the Uggs sold to us by her touchdown munificent husband.  Also, our accessories are indeed functional, if not downright alluring.  Nothing says “I’m ready to party” like a PRC radio, a couple of mortar rounds, and a sleeping bag that hasn’t been washed in months.  Love the use of SAT words though, it just stresses to us uneducated grunts how smart you are, more so (clearly) than I am.  In fact, based only on your consummate grasp of diction, I would move that we set up some form of Oligarchy centered on folks who can use “eleemosynary” properly in a sentence.  In the farrago of human imbecility, typified by the profligate galimatias of useless pontification, you are truly the beacon on the hill.  (There, I also used big words, can I join your club now?)

Necessities should be doled out to people who really need them and who might get them if not for the hundreds of billions of dollars being funneled to the Pentagon in the greatest squandering of money on the planet. If anything, Republicans should sympathize with veterans struggling to find employment, a challenge that may daunt the discharged soldier, who might wish he had reenlisted. Soldiers are to Republicans as fetuses are to them: prized. But once out of the womb-like army, Republican solicitude for hapless veterans goes where extracted zygotes go.

There are many of us who do work to help those veterans, and here at The American Legion we have 2.5 million of them all working to do just that.  Not sure how this became a partisan issue, except for your obvious antipathy towards the group trying to send these packages.  But again, I think this paragraph was meant more to show how smart you are, and less to make an actual point.

"We get to show the troops we still appreciate what they're doing for us," said another College Republican. What are they doing for us? Nothing. But against us they're doing a lot: creating anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy. Said the same College Republican, "It can't be fun to be away from your family for the holidays. As if American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan had been conscripted? They chose to leave home.


Ah yes, the old saw about how US Troops do nothing but create enemies.  Never mind the hundreds of thousands of dollars that US Troops pour into aiding the citizens of those countries we are in, nor trying to make it so little girls can go to school without fear of being killed.  No, our true legacy is just creating terrorists.  As someone who did in fact volunteer, and who would do so again, I can second the emotion that being away from home on the holidays is (as they say in the infantry) The Suck.  But, when you look at the things you are able to accomplish, it makes it worth while. 

Here for instance is how my unit (3-116 INF, 29 ID Light) once spent a holiday, look at all the little terrorists we were creating….

 

Why do Republicans care so much about the military? Because the military-industrial complex is dear to their simplistic laissez-faire fantasies: a bottom-line patriotism that excludes the people at the bottom.

I would say that Democrats care about the military as well, and most the Democrats I know (my extensive family for instance) would dispute that supporting the troops is a partisan activity.  Either way, for every one of you that says something asinine like this letter, there are 10 more great Americans who will leap in to fill the void.  So, as they say in the army “lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.”  Frankly, I think you will lead 10 people that wouldn’t be as likely to send a carepackage to do so, and for that I thank you, even if that clearly wasn’t your intent.

Soldiers’ Angels has lists of soldiers, airmen, coasties, marines and sailors who need adopting, because not everyone has someone back home to lift them up when they are feeling down.  The best way to show Thomas Walker just how idiotic he is is to reach out to one of our folks downrange, and ensure they know that they shall not go unloved.

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I don't usually make comments, but I was just SOOO angry when I read that nasty diatribe from that nasty "lecturer" (BTW, I suspect the reason for this editorial is that he's trying to get enough attention to actually be given a position of some sort). As the proud aunt of an incredible Marine who was just shipped out, I thank you so much for this incredible response.

Thank you Laura!  :)

How about "scumbag" instead of "lecturer"? This is the same person who if our country was invaded by the many individuals out there who want to see us die would be hiding in a hole somewhere wetting his pants blaming the government for not protecting his sorry butt. He's obviously too stupid to understand the right many Americans have died for to protect his freedoms. Go figure.

I guess that this uniformed individual(I am surprised he is an academic) has never been in any country where our troops help the local residents. I spent hours at an orphanege in Italy building, painting and doing what ever needed to be done. I wrote to a Capt in the Army who helped to build schools in Afghanistan. She used her own money to make sure each school had all the suppliesed. Our troops build roads for the locals to help them have a better inferstructure. These are only a few of the wonderful things that our troops do on duty and off. Perhaps this academic has alot more to learn. In addition, our troops are sent where ever our government sends them, no choice. Keep those packages coming to our troops and send this academic, you are not so ifoeremed card. God Bless the Troops.

Shame on him, his comment on doesn't the soldiers get pain enough? How can you put a price tag on a human life? They deserve more for thier bravery and gift packages are a token of appreciation for thier bravery and sacrafice. Send him over to Iraq!!!!

Instead of going to the 'Nam' in early '70s I had the pleasure of spending time in Pakistan and Afghanistan as a Marine. What a wonderful (believe it or not) time. A package of cookies was sent to me from a church in Arizona. I didn't receive it for almost 2 years while stationed at Camp Geiger, NC. The ladies knew how to do cookies with experience from pre WW II, and although none were intact, they were still moist with no 'growth' on them and in the field we could make cookie balls out of them and it sure beat the heck out of C-Rats in the field. I believe the wrapper of the package from the coffee can they were sent in has stamps from most continents on this planet. Probably should be framed and put in a museum. Support the troopies.

As a Marine in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the early 70s, I received a coffee can of cookies almost 2 years later from a group of ladies of a local church in Arizona. They had been practicing this simple art since pre WWII. Not a single cookie was intact but were still moist with no 'growth' and sure beat the heck out of C-Rats in the field around Camp Lejeune. I believe I've got the wrapper from the package somewhere around the house. It should probably be framed and put in a museum as it had postage stamps from most of the continents, even ones I never put foot on. Just support the troops.

Laura - as a mother of a 21 year old daughter who is in a wheelchair and ventilator dependent - PLEASE tell your nephew thank you for defending those that can't defend themselves! I am grateful and humbled by his service. It's attitudes and and beliefs of the ignorant and misinformed that make us stronger and more united. God bless you and God bless your nephew.

Hey, as a student of Iowa State University, this is NOT the message we want to send to the world. We love our soldiers, have an amazing ROTC program and we do NOT support the petty opinions of one man. Please to all soldiers out there, know we support and love you and just want you home safe

Merry Christmas

Laura - as a mother of a 21 year old daughter who is in a wheelchair and ventilator dependent - PLEASE tell your nephew thank you for defending those that can't defend themselves! I am grateful and humbled by his service. It's attitudes and and beliefs of the ignorant and misinformed that make us stronger and more united. God bless you and God bless your nephew.

One thing Thomas Walker accomplished by his idiotic article, I will now be sending more care packages than ever!

Amen. This inspired me to send a care package also.

In the summer of 1975 I was privileged to be part of a US Army team participating in the 1000 year fest for the town of Ockfen near the Siegfried Line in Germany. I was driving a M151 near the end of the parade and we were there representing the GIs who had fought through the area during WWII. For goodies we were throwing bubble gum to the spectators. I still recall one older lady with tears in her eyes who stopped us (the rest of the parade continued on). She would not let us go until everyone in the Jeep and the dismounts had a drink of her wine. She remembered how the Americans had evacuated the townspeople when the German army shelled their own people to get at the GIs. Yep, another terrorist we made there.

I know that there are many in Iraq who hated us because of some death in their family. But there are way more that will remember us, even years from now, as the ones who cared that they were being crapped on by their own people and risked our lives and resources to make something better for them.

This is extremely offensive to me, as a born and raised Iowan who not lives in Military City USA, San Antonio, Texas. I want to stress that this is not a typical opinion in Iowa, and I for one an appalled. Perhaps the Professor could come to San Antonio. I will gladly pick him up at the airport, and we can go to the former BAMC so he can "see" and "hear" what the soldiers are really doling. Then I might just leave him there to walk back to the airport. It would be short, for march standards.

Not quite sure this guy relizes that because I am currently deployed with my fellow Marines and soldiers, he has the opportunity to make a complete ass of himself freely. I might add that he is doing a fine job. It doesn't matter if you are republican or democratic. The simple fact that we are here for the people and yes a simple letter or package from home does mean the world to us.

SSGT N.
USMC
Afghanistan

This guy and others like him,need to be on the receiving end of a 5.56

Not quite sure this guy relizes that because I am currently deployed with my fellow Marines and soldiers, he has the opportunity to make a complete ass of himself freely. I might add that he is doing a fine job. It doesn't matter if you are republican or democratic. The simple fact that we are here for the people and yes a simple letter or package from home does mean the world to us.

SSGT N.
USMC
Afghanistan

Not quite sure this guy relizes that because I am currently deployed with my fellow Marines and soldiers, he has the opportunity to make a complete ass of himself freely. I might add that he is doing a fine job. It doesn't matter if you are republican or democratic. The simple fact that we are here for the people and yes a simple letter or package from home does mean the world to us.

SSGT N.
USMC
Afghanistan

Thank you for your service.

Disregard the ignorance of one lecturer, we Americans overwhelming appreciate you and support our troops, regardless of whether we support the mission.

Mike Welker
Charlotte, NC
67N/63W

While this jerk was sitting in some air conditioned office 4-years ago my son was sacrificing his young adulthood fighting in the surge. He helped liberate Baqubah from the grips of terror. He saved lives. He put children back in their school, helped get school supplies, and taught locals how to defend themselves from terrorists. They brought much needed medical care to the families and the elderly there. My son, who is now 26-years old, has done more to help humanity than this pretentious pontificating waste of space ever will. This professor is free to sip lattes and shoot stupidity from the hip because his freedom is protected and provided to him by better men.

Wow. This is the mindset that is teaching your children. Never forget to ask them what they're learning, and look through their classroom notes.

One marker of a liberal is political cowardice. They cannot attack a far left President, or their Democrat party, so they go after those who simply carry out the policies of this President.

If this guy has a problem with the military "creating terrorists" around the world, why isn't he criticizing Obama's drone policy? Or protesting Obama's Libya operation, which has ushered in new extremist parties in North Africa? Or rejecting Obama's deployment of more boots on the ground in Central Africa to fight something called the "Lord's Resistance Army?"

Too much cognitive dissonance to attack the true cause of his discontent, he goes after the easier target. I

hey now, lets not bring sides into this, the fact of the matter and of his post is that soldiers don't deserve the care packages, not the policy on war.

As a student of Iowa State I'm not going to stand for this, and am doing everything I can to make sure his betters know about his "shooting from the hip" and how he acts when he thinks he can just say what ever he wants, reguardless of how it paints this school. His opinion is NOT that of most of us.

Good for you Margo.

Margo, thanks for saying this and bringing the conversation back on point.

jordan,
I am married to one of the most liberal men in town. He is no coward. He holds a bronze star from Vietnam, and sends care packages to Afghanistan. the American flag has proudly flown over our home for more than 40 years. He has no need to attack his President. He considers veterans and military personnel that bad mouth any commander in chief to be unbecoming. He also believes that gays and lesbians should be permitted to serve in the military, that stem cell research should be allowed so that everyone can be helped, and that a woman's body is her own and the government should get the hell out of telling her what she can and cannot do with it. He doesn't believe that we should try to rid the Middle East of islamic people. So what if the islamists win the elections? That's all there is over there. So your marker of a liberal being a political coward is wrong. You are wrong.

Alright jordan... You need to get off your high horse and quit looking down your narrow nose fella because I am a US Navy veteran with a 60% SC disability and let me enlighten you on something... I am a liberal democrat. My liberal @55 served 8 years of which included time in the first gulf war and I do not appreciate anyone disrespecting our commander in chief. I served my time under G.H.W. Bush and Clinton and I served equally as proud and respectful, no matter republican or democrat. You, Jordan, are the problem because you are trying to float your own agenda here which is GROSSLY off topic. The issue is the the dummy in Iowa saying things equally stupid as you are. If you don't have anything constructive to say, you need to take your troll self elsewhere.

As for the idiot in Iowa... Obviously he is stupid and has never spent a Christmas in the middle of nowhere in a foreign country. I remember getting care packages and it was so great just to have a friggin box of Cap'n Crunch and Frankenberry; candy that wasn't stale; a couple of cans of Speghetti O's! My mom and sister made the best and heaviest care packages!! I say we all send a care package to any soldier or sailor and then a postcard to him to let him know we did and see if we can bury his desk with postcards!

I can definitely get on board with that (sending care package and post card). I think it is going to be a very long winter for this bozo.

I am a far right libertarian (not that it matters here) and I would like everyone to join Melissa and I in letting this guy know how we the people of all stripes and leanings feel about our troops.

I loved my 5 years in the Marines and there are many times I wish I were still in.

Thank you for your service Melissa and for the great idea.

Semper Fi!

I'm just going to second what everyone else says...Does this guy even realize that it's because of our troops he's got the right to spew sewage from his mouth? What an ass. It's painfully obvious that he has absolutely no clue what it's like to stand on the front lines doing the dirty work so cowards like himself can stand behind a desk and preach to our young people. I'm a PROUD Army girlfriend. My boyfriend served in Afghanistan and still serves his country here in the States. Shame on this useless piece of garbage.

I can't say I am surprised by this. Having had attended numerous colleges throughout my career, I have had the distinct pleasure of having their vile beliefs thrown into my face. I have found it typical for most university professors to have an extremely liberal left tilt in their beliefs and it shows in their daily conduct and in the classroom. I recently had a Harvard trained law professor rear end my car while I was waiting at a red light. He started yelling at me and accused me of backing into him! He couldn't accept responsibility for anything. Needless to say, the insurance and the police sided with me. Reason I am writing about this is because it's all relevant in regards to their views. They have never served a cause greater than themselves!

Don't stoop to his level and paint all liberals with one brush. Many liberals, like me, are liberal because of the desire to help others, not to be selfish. Most people, conservative or liberal, are good-natured and believe the way they do because they want to help others. The only difference is the focus. Conservatives tend to focus on responsibility and justice, while liberals tend to focus on rights and compassion. All four are great characteristics and worthy pursuits. This guy is a nut job, he doesn't represent most liberals just like Rush Limbaugh doesn't represent most conservatives.

Oh, but there you go again. Rush Limbaugh does represent most real conservatives. The anti-military mindset does and has for a long time been presented by liberals. Remember the Air Force flyover at the Clinton inauguration where one of his staffers had to be reminded that "they are ours now". You remember Sen Durbin referring to our Marine guards at Gitmo as being like Nazis SS death camp guards. Sen Kerry saying our military was like Ghengis Khan.

Limbaugh speaks for those of us that say he speaks for us. Without belaboring the point, he is as off issue here as is cousin Brucie or any other entertainer. Please either support this egghead or criticize him and leave the politics to MSNBC

I want to preface this by saying that reading this article in my own university's publication made me absolutely ill and the fact that it was written by a faculty member makes it that much worse.

I firmly support our troops and am forever grateful for the sacrifice they have made: the SACRIFICE of spending the holidays with their families, the SACRIFICE of spending extended periods of time in a land that is not there own and the SACRIFICE of putting themselves on the front lines to protect my safety and rights every single day. For that I want to say, thank you.

Lastly, I think that this is an important lesson on the rights in this country and look at the fact that these servicemen and women are fighting to protect the very right that Mr. Walker to an extent takes for granted. Not everywhere are people allowed to speak out against the efforts of their military and not be punished, not everywhere are young men and women capable of attending (or working at) a public institution where these rights are exercised on a daily basis. So in speaking out against the military (or at the very least speaking out about sending a little Christmas cheer to them) you are in fact thanking them, because every time you exercise a right in the constitution that is protected by the blood of men and women in uniform, you are showing them just how important they are.

As a speech communications and political science student the importance of the rights proscribed in the first amendment are harped into us from the very beginning, and sometimes it is infuriating that the right extends to everyone when they say something we don't want to hear and we call for silence. What we need to remember is that the answer to "bad" rhetoric is not silence but rather more rhetoric.

I just wanted to express my disgust at this article from an Iowa State University student.

Thank you Kristin.  Your response does a great service to your institution. 

I read the article thoroughly and I never got the impression that he is telling you to stop caring about the troops! He is trying to make a point that there are plenty of people that are far worse off than those in the military and selectively giving just because they "do something for you" isn't really a charitable thing to do. However, he did so in a rather unclear manner, considering that he is a lecturer in the English department. Support our troops, please do! His point is that the troops may have crappy MREs, but there are millions of Americans HERE that don't even have THAT luxury.

"We get to show the troops we still appreciate what they're doing for us," said another College Republican. What are they doing for us? Nothing. But against us they're doing a lot: creating anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy. Said the same College Republican, "It can't be fun to be away from your family for the holidays. As if American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan had been conscripted? They chose to leave home.

I think that this is where his letter takes a particularly venomous negative turn...

I agree for the most part on your stance, he calls it out in a particularly rude and immature fashion but just because he is a jerk about it and says many things that get people heated doesn't mean that his point is null automatically.

I have debated many people for a long time against selective charity. You obviously have to pick where to donate, but don't say that any one group is less deserving. Certain republicans (I don't want to say "some" or "many", but they do exist) and even certain democrats (which is something he doesn't care to admit) think that people need to EARN your pity and generosity, that if you aren't happy with exactly where their life is going they don't deserve it. Giving to those that aren't deserving reminds me of a certain person that, if you are the Kristin that I think you are, you are likely familiar with, especially on Thursday nights.

My point is that there is at least something good to take away from this otherwise disgusting letter.

What point? About 1% of our population serves or has ever served in the military. Crappy food while being shot at or under the threat thereof might just make dumpster-diving look good. It's certainly as whole lot safer.

you certainly are a knockel-head. You have never served anyone but your self. Hard times are comming to this country and I know you will be one of the ' CRY BABY GENERATION ! ' Your type are always the first to give up constitutional rights until it all falls on you. The next crises in America will make the twin towers look like a walk in the park. When it happens I would love to have you in my 'cross-hairs' and send you this message -- "Freedom is not free !!!" USMC (Ret.) '66-'69

Walker sits on his tenured butt at Iowa State, completely out of the line of fire and protected by those who fight the terrorists over there rather than allow them into Iowa. Iowa State should be ashamed to have such a vile person pounding liberal mush into impressionable young minds on their campus. Our troops are doing as asked, devoid of luxuries and with their lives at stake. Walker belongs in the Bill Ayers catagory...anti American. I have more respect for a stray animal with rabies than for a pampered, overpaid and ungrateful Thomas Walker.

As a mother of a soldier recently returned from Afghanistan, I wonder how this professor feels qualified to speak about a subject of which he knows nothing about. Never presume anyone's circumstances. Thanks to all the military men and women who put their life on the line every day so that I can walk around with the freedoms I enjoy. Mr. Walker, you know not the cost.

Thank you. Your simple words are anything but in the eyes of a mother who is proudly standing tall beside her son as he has kissed 4 little baby girls and a beautiful loving wife to fight for YOUR right to "get confused at stop lights" and "worship as you chose"... It's ashamed that someone with a teaching degree is standing so "ignorant" (on so many levels) before growing and developing minds.

Because he has been blinded by his own credentials in the narrow, irrelevant world of academia

Thomas Walker, a “lecturer in the intensive English and orientation program” at Iowa State University has gone the way of the Law Professor at Suffolk, and taken issue with attempts to send carepackages to deployed troops. Thomas a born again loser with ties to a pathetic Kansas church has attempted to lay the ground work for an uprising in the cookie and baked goods market. Thomas pushed whole heartedly in Iowa city this past summer against the rights of a elementary school child trying to sell lemonade to cyclists. Thomas, known for his vague expressionism and latent talent to completly misunderstand day to day activities has been known to get confused at stop lights. I say "Please allow this individual the warm expression he is derserving". Someone please give him a damn cookie.
Thanks.

Mike (former Iraq, Afghanistan Veteran)

You know I read this article late last night. It was forwarded to me from a friend of mine from Iowa State. This is only the voice of one man, if you can call him that. We as soldiers put up with it everyday. I often tell those who ask me about the service that you don't have to support the War’s, but always support your Troop’s. Soldiers execute the orders given to them. They don't get to choose when and where they go. It's the national elected officials that send us on our way. We do what is asked of us, so others at home can enjoy freedoms like free speech. I don't know this man personally, but I wonder if he would have the personal bravery to walk into a wounded warrior clinic and talk this way. Or would he himself have the courage to walk the streets of Bagdad or Kandahar to exercise his free speech?

This man does not reflect the views of IOWA STATE. IOWA STATE IS PROUD OF IT'S VETERANS FROM ALL WARS AND BRANCHES OF SERVICE. I am a two-time Iraq veteran and hold a degree BS from Iowa State. Just this summer the cover story of the Iowa State alumni magazine (VISIONS) was a story about the proud service of Iowa State veteran. We have the Gold Star Hall in the Memorial Union. One of the best ROTC programs in the Nation. An amazing student veteran support service to help with the GI Bill.

In closing thank you Iowa State for all you gave this veteran. Enjoy your FREEDOMS Mr. Walker

Joshua (current US ARMY SOLDIER)

Thank you Iowa State Joshua. I adamently disagree with Mr. Walker's comment, but, until the Bill of Rights (Freedom of Speech) is amended everyone must endure these type comments and be governed accordingly. May Mr. Walker deservedly suffer the consequences thereof. Beware of the Lorilie.

First and foremost I want to Thank all veterans past and present for all you are and have sacrificed to keep my freedoms in place. I too was disgusted by what Mr. Walker wrote. I believe he just doesn't understand what is to be American. We Americans have always taken care of our own. In times of feast and famine we band together to take care of each other like family. My family has had a rich history volunteering to support and defend this great country. I am very proud of them all. Their or any service members willingness to write the blank check; is an incredible selfless act. I personal have helped chemically dependent soldiers for 9 years and have been a member of Soldiers Angels for 7 years. Not one moment did I ever question that it was the right thing to do. Not one moment did I feel like it was giving charity. Not once do I expect something in return. I give because I care, and truly want to give to them as much as they have given me. If clean sheets, baked cookies and toys make them happy. Then I am happy! I am sure Mr. Walker has learned a great lesson about this big family we are in!

Thank YOU again for all you are doing. God bless you all!

This guy is just another pathetic creature living a life of soft, decadent opulence at other peoples' expense. What does this per'fesser know of poverty, as seen on TV? it is true that he has the right to say whatever he wants in our free and open society, but he should be aware that just because you CAN say whatever you please does not mean that you SHOULD.

He is a sorry excuse for an educator, and if this snide little diatribe is the sum of his instructional curriculum, he needs to get a job commensurate with his abilities. I'm sure there is a manure pile somewhere that needs to be transferred from one spot to another.

Earlier today I heard from some friends who organized a care package drive at Yale in large part due to the last jackass who said similar things - the guy Avery from Suffolk University. Hopefully this additional idiocy will inspire yet more groups to take a "deeds, not words" approach and drown these people out with additional support for our brave men and women deployed overseas.

Understand that while people this professor make the new, far, far more work in quiet to help support our forces.

If anyone is local to the New Haven area and wants information on their care package drive -happening the next two days- let me know and I'll post the info a friend sent to me.

Respectfully,
LC

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