"The American Legion is glad that the president vetoed this irresponsible legislation but saddened that Congress let it get this far," [The National Commander of The American Legion Paul A. Morin] said. "First the House passed a blueprint for disaster and then the Senate passed a recipe for surrender. There can only be one commander in chief and he should be the one to determine when the mission is complete."VFW Urges Reid to Stop Defeatist Rhetoric
“You can’t support the troops without supporting what it is they do, which in a combat zone means the mission, the mission, the mission,” [Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief Gary Kurpius, a Vietnam veteran from Anchorage, Alaska] said.Show Our Troops the Money
Our troops operate in a world of ideals known as service, commitment and sacrifice. They don't do politics, but they do know when they are being abandoned, such as when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said he would introduce legislation to provide funding for certain aspects of the war, but not for combat operations.
Not funding direct combat operations is the same as having your hands tied in a knife fight. And while some may regard the rhetoric as normal political-speak, our troops are taking it personally, because they know that not being allowed to take the fight directly to the enemy is exactly what happened in Korea and Vietnam. They don't want to repeat history.