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Multiple deployments are hurting our soldiers

2014-06-15T00:00:00Z 2014-06-16T08:20:04Z Multiple deployments are hurting our soldiers The Billings Gazette
June 15, 2014 12:00 am

As our dear "voluntary soldier" Bowe Bergdahl returns to us, let us rejoice with his family. If he chose to walk away in Afghanistan instead of committing suicide, we rejoice.

His message reaches us here at home: American soldiers are objecting to multiple deployments and multiple injuries. Those who commit suicide are sending an unheeded message.

America's problem at this moment is not judgment of a soldier who has served five years imprisonment by terrorists. Let us instead discern what must be done about detainees at Gitmo. Instead of trading them to terrorists, NATO must step up. The 27 other countries in NATO should assume oversight of Gitmo detainees in their countries. America has borne the burden of housing and force feeding fasting detainees long enough. Send them to the other 27 NATO countries and close Gitmo for good.

America's core issue is we do not torture. Sen. John McCain (himself a tortured prisoner) said, "Torture is not an option; the prisoner will say anything for relief."

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country(man). Welcome home, dear "volunteer soldier." Time to replace our voluntary army with an army requiring only one deployment.

Nora Marie Lewis

Basin, Wyo.

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