Last week, at my request, the Pentagon released information on the number of troops and their respective occupation specialty that were discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for the month of January.
The fifth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq is upon us. In that time, we’ve lost nearly 4,000 brave soldiers, spent over $500 billion and our military has experienced a deterioration of readiness, equipment and recruitment standards not seen since the end of the Vietnam War.
Each year on Memorial Day, Americans come together to remember those who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of our country. The debt owed them is immeasurable. Their sacrifices and those of our military families are freedom’s foundation.