Uzzah: From the FAQ:Q. Doesn't the government pay for troops to fly home?A. Yes and no, but we're talking about two different things here. A soldier on their two weeks of "R&R" leave from Iraq or Afghanistan, gets his or her airfare paid for by the government. But if the same soldier wishes to visit home before or after his deployment, they have to pay for that themselves. The same goes for any military member who is not on R&R from combat. Thus the Airman stationed at Hanscom AFB, the Sailor onboard the USS Peleliu in San Diego, the Marine aboard the USS Essex in Okinawa, or the Soldier stationed at Spangdahlem, Germany -- all are forced to pay their own airfare home. It's these people we're trying to help.Q. The military is an all volunteer force, and they get paid for what they do. Why should I help them fly for free?A. Your mailman gets paid, but you still give him something around Christmas time, don't you? Same thing with your paperboy. And you toss a few bucks to your waiter and all he did was bring you a sandwich. Is it too much to ask you do at least as much to help a person who may one day lay down their life so that you may continue yours?So I'm supposed to "tip" some paper-shuffler at an AFB in Ohio so he can fly across the country for vacation without spending his own money? Yeah, no. Thanks for your service, but buy your own plane tickets, just like the rest of us.
Nabb1: No one is holding a gun to your head and making you donate. Frankly, I think this is a worthy charity and have donated in the past and while you are certainly entitled to your opinion, there's no need for you to dissuade others from donating if they wish.
Uzzah: Reading up on their FAQ didn't change my mind on that point. It does for you, though. That's fine. We all have our own buttons, and this one presses yours but doesn't press mine. For the others out there that feel the same way you do, I hope they decide to give generously.
AWalleigh: I was going to give $25, but I doubled it to $50. $25 for me and $25 for you. Bah humbug, biatch.
Hugemeister: If you people put in a fraction of your smug patriotism petitioning and campaigning to END THE F KING WAR instead of buying pancakes, little American flags, and yellow ribbon bumper stickers maybe we could bring them ALL home ASAP.....
Fear the Clam: AWalleigh: I was going to give $25, but I doubled it to $50. $25 for me and $25 for you. Bah humbug, biatch.You can kick in $25 for me too, because I feel the same way.
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