Smaller Government?DOD picking up the tab?The DOD is
funded by taxpayers. The taxpayers are picking up the tab.
My thoughts exactly, thanks for wasting more tax payer funds. Why should any
Governor visit Iraq or any other country. I can see visiting other states from
time to time but not this. Love our troops and in fact appreciate everything
they do for our freedoms. I don't need to visit Iraq on tax payers dime to have
I have no problem with the DOD and government picking up the tab for this
support for our troops and soldiers from Utah. The sacrificing of one rocket is
worth the moral support it means to a soldier. The soldiers deserve
nothing less than home town acknowledgment that they are not forgotten and we
wish them well. This kind of visit can mean more to a soldier than a junket tour
by politicians looking for votes.
@ My2Cents - as a military wife, who has had a husband deploy, I appreciate
& completely agree with your comment. I wish more politicians would do the
same, just to give the troops a boost. I think there is much more egregious
& undisciplined spending in the government, I am OK with & thankful for
those who make the trip to thank our troops - it's worth the cost.
@Nobody_sFool, thanks to you and your husband for your service and sacrifice.
I'm glad to see Herbert supporting our troops.
The Governor is not just going for a visit for fun. In his role as the Commander
in Chief for the Utah National Guard, it is his responsibility to meet with his
troops and commanders while in the field (Iraq) and ensure that they are taken
care of. Just this year alone and in the last few months, Utah has sent over
1000 National Guard members to Iraq/Afghanistan.
Thank you, Governor, for your visit. These men are replacing my son and his
unit from Idaho who have served valiantly for the past year. Yes, they do need
to know that those they represent are aware of them and their needs. I thank
them as well. It means I'll be seeing my son soon because they are willing to
take their shift. I'm glad my tax money can pay for that. Believe me, the
travel between bases in Iraq is often done in cold or possibly hot, noisy
military planes, before or after a miserable sand storm and right now the
temperatures are in the rang of 120 degrees with sometimes less than reliable AC
in the Chu's. I pray God will bless them all as we continue to try to find logic
in all this mess. Just don't send the Congress unless you are willing to leave
them in country.