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How can a republic that does not share the burden of war reclaim itself?

Our soldiers and veterans have to be our #1 national priority, if we believe that an all volunteer standing Army is what we need. What can we do to ensure the care and employment of those who have served above all other policies, payouts and priorities?

For if our citizen-soldiers had not volunteered, we collectively would not have the freedoms from which a republic would exist to fix, or would we?

A Continental Army veteran wrote of this treatment in the early 1800s: “The country, was rigorous in exacting my compliance to my engagements to a punctilio, but equally careless in performing her contracts with me, and why so? One reason was because she had all the power in her own hands and I had none. Such things ought not to be.”

Why do we, as a republic ask so much of our citizen-soldiers, but ask so little of the government to care for them afterward? How is it that since 1776 that this theme remains?

If veterans would become federally tax exempt for life after their combat tours, would that not be fitting since their service provides the republic the means to endure? If not that, then life-long care and employment should be considered the minimum of support we provide those who have served, as a grateful nation. Not the bureaucracy and struggles to the care and employment they require, when they return or want to live the American Dream..

Should a declaration of war or usage of our military in conflict also include tax freedom for those engaged in the approved action before an action can be supported?
Should taxation related to veteran employment be changed to allow companies to hire in the United States, using the billions they have off shore?
Should the profit made by industry be heavily taxed, if they are benefited by a conflict?

War should be last resort and justified through the lens of history, those that volunteer should be afforded their fair share for having placed their life in harms way.

  • Apr 6 2013: Sounds good to me, but I am only a peace-time vet and there are real rewards to military service. I hope that you are rich enough that you don't need them. My Dad was in WWII, he never received or asked for anything. He already had a skill and was proud of what they did. His only complaint was that he couldn't pass the physical for the Navy when he was seventeen. He was drafted when he was thirty-six into the army. If you need help with your education, you might consider military service. Remember this is the new America with " better your daughter than my son." We probably won't do anything stupid again for twenty or thirty years. Sending the same guys back again and again and again shows a lack of national committment to me.
  • Apr 6 2013: Not tax freedom, but reduced taxation would be good. In addition to being soldiers, they are citizens. A military career was a choice. Veterans returning with injuries sustained while representing our country in uniform should have their health and general welfare provided for by the government, to the extent they are unable to do so themselves. Unwilling to do so is another situation...

    Tax incentives for returning veterans and reservists is a good idea. In the government, there are some programs for this already.

    Unearned corporate profits resulting directly from an armed conflict should be heavily taxed and possibly outlawed. However, businesses selling arms, rebuilding countries, or providing services that are in accordance with the laws should be entitled to seek profits. Distinguishing earned form unearned might be tricky and legally expensive.