Despite the Afghan killings, presumed to be performed by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a decorated combat soldier and reportedly strong family man, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta holds firm to his position that the U.S. military should not be dismantled.
Bottom line: Success in Iraq and the drawdown in Afghanistan do not mean the U.S. military should be dismantled, according to Panetta.
Panetta shared that foreign leaders, from old allies to new partners, consistently tell him they want to increase their partnerships with U.S. military forces. These goals can only be achieved with U.S. military members who are willing to serve their nation or put their lives on the line to protect their country.
In addition, Panetta states that we owe it to our service members and their families to learn the lessons of the past and to build a better future for them and for their children.
In simple terms, despite the actions of recent, this means as our service members return home, we must embrace them and support them in all our communities across the country.
By helping our transitioning service members pursue an education or providing assistance in finding a job or starting a business, we add value and provide hope for not only the recipients but for this country.
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Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.