What will you do?
By Trent Loos
The All American Beef Battalion scored big last week at the Second Annual George W. Bush Wounded Warrior golf tournament in Irving, Texas. The Beef Battalion gained a tremendous level of new awareness with folks in the military from all across the country and it was an honor simply to be involved.
This golf tournament was yet another event that all free Americans should have witnessed. I have to admit that it was quite startling even for me to see these Wounded Warriors playing golf and about a third of them were missing a limb. I couldn't even count the young men that I talked to that had their appearance severely altered in combat duty, yet not one of them expressed anger or seemed to be seeking sympathy. In fact, most of them expressed the desire to go back and get the job finished.
Jerry Majetich is a perfect example of one of those incredible patriots that truly left a mark on my heart. Jerry spent 20 years serving our country. His father and mother both served in the Korean War and his five brothers also served in the military. Jerry told me that next week he will undergo his 63rd surgery in an attempt to continue working to rehabilitate his service wounds. He has endured a broken back, a broken neck and has been shot several times.
Seven years ago Jerry was in the hospital recovering from trauma when Commander in Chief George W. Bush came to his bedside and presented him with a Purple Heart. The president was visiting with Jerry's whole family and the Secret Service began to get impatient, telling the president that they were getting late and needed to go. Bush then turned to the Secret Service staff and told them, "I am the President of the United States. We will go when I say we will go." He then spent another 45 minutes visiting with and consoling the Majetich family.
I spoke to individuals who had served as little as three years in the military up to guys like Phil Sawyer who served 48 years. The one common denominator of every one of these men was how much they loved George W. Bush as both their Commander in Chief and as a person. No matter where you stand on his policies, no one witnessing his interaction with Wounded Warriors at this event could doubt his genuine affection for these men as people and as patriots for the country.
In the true spirit and heritage of respect that the military instills in the troops, I did not hear any negative sentiments about the current Commander in Chief but I will also tell you that I did not hear one positive sentiment either. There was one concern that was repeatedly voiced: if re-elected Barack Obama has said he will cut the U.S. military by 47 percent. While I am for small government in almost every respect, I don't believe that should include our military.
The whole world, not just the United States, could not withstand a 47 percent reduction in the United States military. The military, side by side with food production, are the two most important components to our domestic security. Our people are vulnerable if we continue to pursue this foolishness. Have too many people lost sight of the fact that we, as American citizens, still enjoy more freedoms today than any other citizens in the world? All of that would clearly be at risk if we reduce the United States military by almost half.
This leads me to my conversation with a retired Two Star General of the U.S. Marines, Jimmy Williams. I asked him about this proposed reduction and he told me, "You know these kids here today are wounded because they dedicated their lives to protecting the freedom of the United States citizen to voice their opinion about how big the military should be. If you as a citizen don't like what is about to happen, you have the freedom to contact your congressman, your senator or even the President of the United States."
To me that was the take-home message from this tremendous event. These kids have had their lives, bodies and minds forever altered protecting our freedom. The absolute best way to honor their work is to exercise every single right they are fighting to preserve. I hear so many people saying that we have lost control of our country. Today, I stand with these Wounded Warriors and ask: What are you going to do about it today? We owe it to these dedicated patriots to join the fight to help restore our country to the level of greatness it once proudly held.
Editor's note: Trent Loos is a sixth generation United States farmer, host of the daily radio show, Loos Tales, and founder of Faces of Agriculture, a non-profit organization putting the human element back into the production of food. Get more information at www.FacesOfAg.com, or email Trent at firstname.lastname@example.org.