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(Let's Bring 'Em Home)   Let's Bring 'Em Home is underway again for 2013 and asking the Fark community for any help contributing to help buy plane tickets to fly soldiers home for Christmas. Farkers have stepped up every year since 2005 to help   (lbeh.org) divider line 18
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2013-12-18 12:10:00 PM
I donated a couple years ago. Let me see if I can help this year.
 
2013-12-18 12:10:38 PM
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.
 
2013-12-18 12:13:16 PM

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.


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.
 
2013-12-18 12:32:46 PM
But I already put a yellow ribbon sticker on my truck. That helps, right?
 
2013-12-18 12:55:56 PM
So, there's a song on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's album, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" that I can't hear without imagining, in my head, a theatre full of the families of servicemembers.  On a screen is a montage of various "Christmas" shots from US bases and camps around the world - a fake tree in the desert, a couple grunts toasting in front of a wreath, etc.  As the bridge hits and the tempo picks up, the servicemembers come marching, unexpected and unannounced, down the aisle to meet their respective families to be home for the holidays.

/Yeah, I'm a romantic.  Sue me.
//The world only progresses by averages.  Every little nice thing you do helps to move the world forward that much more.
 
2013-12-18 12:59:03 PM

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.


I was just posting their answers to questions I had about it, and adding my own opinion on the matter. I'm not encouraging or discouraging anybody else from supporting it (except maybe to the extent they find my explanation for my opinion to be persuasive).

I'm of mixed mind on things like this -- I genuinely appreciate the sacrifices that military members make (and I've got a sibling on active duty, several friends on reserve duty, and several more veterans in my social circle), but at the same time, I'm really wary of what I see as an uncritical veneration of our military. The idea of "support the troops" has taken on a weirdly political overtone since 2001, to the point that anything that uses that angle immediately raises my antenna and makes me suspicious that some kind of hucksterism (financial, political, social, etc.) is afoot. So when I see an appeal like this, I like to step back and ask whether the idea makes sense not from the "our boy hunkered down in the trenches overseas" perspective, but from the "guy driving a forklift at the PX warehouse at the base down the street" perspective. I'd be happy to contribute something to help the former (although wondering why the Government doesn't already do that), but I have a hard time seeing why the latter is in any different position than a civilian doing the same thing.

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.
 
2013-12-18 12:59:26 PM
I donated on Veterans day (as I do every year).
 
2013-12-18 01:04:19 PM
Nah... I say we recommit ourselves to Afghanistan for another 10 years.  Who's with me?!
 
2013-12-18 01:27:15 PM
Uzzah:
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.

I was going to give $25, but I doubled it to $50. $25 for me and $25 for you. Bah humbug, biatch.
 
2013-12-18 01:41:36 PM

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.


For me it has nothing to do with an undue veneration of folks in the military. It just bothers me that they get shiat wages, are forced (as part of the job they signed up for, yes, but still forced) to leave the country, and when their bosses let them go "home", "home" counts as "inside the US borders". It'd be like my boss sending me on a work trip to Florida, then only making sure the return flight gets me to the KS-CO border and telling me I'm on my own from there to Denver. It's a shiat deal, and I like to help when I can.
 
2013-12-18 01:50:15 PM
This is a great charity run by a great guy. Props to Fark for bringing it up.
 
2013-12-18 01:55:02 PM
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.....
 
2013-12-18 02:01:48 PM

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.

/Oh, boo hoo, you have a job that doesn't pay well. Unlike a waitress, though, your job also gives you room, board, pays for college, and will give you benefits for the rest of your life even if you're only in for a few years. Buy your own damned ticket.
 
2013-12-18 02:09:13 PM

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.....


It's a good thing you know what everyone else does with their time, otherwise your comment would just make you look like a jackass.
 
2013-12-18 02:11:03 PM

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.


Meh, I'm generous, not wealthy. No $ for you, just a "Bah humbug."
 
2013-12-18 05:24:45 PM
Wish I had known about this back when I was stationed in Germany and had to pay around $1000 to be able to fly home on holidays.
 
2013-12-18 05:36:43 PM
I donate every year, ever since Ernie first got the word out through his site, EHOWA.
 
TKM
2013-12-18 07:24:12 PM
Ernie is a great American.

I kick in a Franklin every year.
 
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