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Letter to the editor: Enzi, Barrasso need to support vets

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2012

As a proud Goshen County native, University of Wyoming alumna, and current resident residing out of state, I always make it a point to follow Wyoming’s congressional members.

I could not help but notice that both Sen. Barrasso and Sen. Enzi voted to block the Veterans Jobs Corps Act that recently came before the U.S. Senate. I found this most disheartening. Perhaps they believe they had valid reasons for their lack of support on this measure; however, I fervently hope that their opposition is not indicative of their true feelings toward Wyoming’s service members and veterans.

I know firsthand the daily sacrifices made by our military and their families. For the past 15 years my husband has been serving our country on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He is a true patriot performing his duties proudly and honorably, but not without great sacrifice.

In support of his service, we have had to move far away from all of our family and friends in Goshen County. He has endured numerous long separations from our family, being deployed for months on end. He has missed more family birthdays, anniversaries and holidays than we can count. Our children are young and this is time sacrificed for his service that we will never get back. He is only one example among many.

Every day our service members are leaving their families behind and putting themselves in harm’s way to serve this country. My husband, his colleagues and all the veterans who have gone before them deserve the very best.

I sincerely hope that next time there is an opportunity for Wyoming’s senators to stand up and support our military they will do so. Our service members and veterans have sacrificed more for this country than most ever will, and the very least they deserve is to have their service recognized.

It is only right to stand in support of all of them. I hope in the future Sens. Barrasso and Enzi can be counted upon for at least that much.

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