Honor the Contract
by the veteran
Voinovich, Unless you are planning on this being your last term in
the Senate, I cannot for the life of me figure out why you would
attempt to undermine a much deserved although paltry 4.8 percent pay
raise to military men and women that make sacrifices that you cannot
a registered Republican voter, born and reared in the Buckeye state,
I have a few questions I would like to ask you.
1) When was the last time you spent months on end in some
God-forsaken country, separated from family and friends?
2) Has your service to the nation ever required you to go beyond 100
days without a real shower?
3) Has any of your Senate duties required you to lie awake at night
in a tent with a dozen other sweating Senators, gagging at the
wretched smell of oil well fires, and listening to desert winds beat
your tent into submission?
4) Have you ever been denied the basic freedoms most Americans take
5) Have you ever forgotten what a real cheeseburger tastes like?
are so quick to try and squash a pay raise that would still leave a
large portion of military families below the poverty level in our
nation. Please remind me again of the last time you voted and lobbied
against a pay raise for yourself and fellow Senators?
you ever refused a pay increase to help balance the budget? I dare
you to compare the percentage of pay raises voted by Senators for
Senators since my career began in 1981!
AP article state that between 8,000 and 16,000 military families are
on food stamps. Even though I believe this to be a very conservative
estimate, it is not a shame for hard working Americans to get much
needed assistance. The real shame is that thousands and thousands of
military families are even eligible for food stamps, but are too
proud to accept a handout!
majority of our military families require both parents to work,
while the military member works an additional part-time job just to
make ends meet.
anxiously await the reunification with my family in mid March. The
operations tempo and family separations are something I don’t expect
you to understand without experiencing it first hand. However, with
your political pull I’m sure you could arrange to return to Saudi
with me this November. The rotation in November will make the third
time in two years I’ve left my family to proudly support the country
that I love.
Mr. Voinovich, we could spend Thanksgiving and Christmas together
enjoying meals hard to identify by the appearance and taste. You
could help me write a letter to my wife on our 19th anniversary in
January. Possibly you could bring one of your speechwriters and
assist me with a letter to my twins explaining why Dad had to miss
yet another birthday, explaining it’s for the good of our country.
Before we go home Valentine’s Day will roll around and by now, maybe
even you will be missing your family. I could help you make that
handmade card expressing your longing to be with them again. After
all, I’ve had plenty of practice and I’m sure we could come up with
I reserve you a cot? Tent space can be a real premium during the
holidays so you may want to make your reservations early. I’m sure I
can round up an extra flak vest and helmet for you. Even better yet,
you can borrow my friend Billy Marshall’s gear. He won’t be needing
it; however, he would sure like to have his left hand and leg back
that he lost in an explosion while deployed over here. Look on the
bright side, you will get an extra $3.50 per day, while it may not be
what you’re used to, it adds up after 120 days!
have a feeling that you would re-think your vote after our vacation
together. As I near the 20 year mark and become eligible for
retirement, I could speak awhile on the minimum of 20 years required
to receive 40-50 percent of BASE pay for retirement. But then again
with a Senator’s eligibility and retirement plan you wouldn’t know
where I was coming from.
political decisions like your recent voting record that drive me
toward retirement and the pursuit of other areas of interest. With
the thought of returning to Ohio as a civilian, there is one thing
that I will not throw the towel in on. My family and I will continue
to vote our beliefs and convictions for the direction of our country.
Voinovich, you obviously have lost touch with your constituents and
have decided to throw in the political towel yourself. I have stood
on the simple leadership philosophy, “A LEADER KNOWS THE WAY,
GOES THE WAY, AND SHOWS THE WAY!” You obviously do not know the
way since you’ve never been there yourself. I do not see you
volunteering to go any time soon, and you will never show the way to
deficit reduction when voting down a deserving military raise and
heaping bountiful blessings upon yourself.
INVITE ALL PARTIES RECEIVING A COPY OF THIS LETTER TO MR. VOINOVICH
TO GIVE IT THE WIDEST DISSEMINATION POSSIBLE. SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS
AND FAMILY, EVEN NEWSPAPERS. IN ALL FAIRNESS TO SENATOR VOINOVICH AND
HIS FELLOW SENATORS, I WILL FORWARD ANY RESPONSE I RECEIVE IN THEIR DEFENSE.
closing I invite those of you with family and friends serving in the
military to remember the eight Senators voting NO. Remember them when
our brave men and women celebrate holidays away from their loved
ones. Remember our Senators when you hear of the growing peacekeeping
missions springing up around the world. But above all else, remember
our Senators when you go to the polls and vote!
Rocky Dunlap Chief, EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight) Eskan
Village, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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am also a Buckeye, born and reared. I also have been in touch with
this state government since 1993 with this organization. I have
written numerous letters and made many phone calls to Senator
Voinovich when he was the governor. Not once has he made an effort to
acknowledge my queries, except for one time when he did pass
information on to his aide for military affairs.
is interesting to note that during the height of the media hype of
the Gulf War, newspapers across this state put out the press release
from Columbus informing it’s state citizens that these newest war
veterans would receive a state bonus as did every other war veteran
in the past. There was no fanfare or hype to let the citizens of the
state of Ohio know that this money would not be received as the the
vote failed making Gulf War veterans the first war veterans in this
state to not receive a state bonus.
Voinovich needs to we are angry with his lack of concern for our
military. Below are links for his email address and his website. Also
listed is address and telephone numbers. Take a stand and speak out!
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