Letters to the Editor

Letter: Military promotions

Thanks to Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her Memorial Day commentary reflecting a well-written message of gratitude on behalf of those who fought and died in service to the American and global aim of establishing world peace, and sustaining our precious democracy. She cited both historical and recent leaders’ reminders of the sacrifices of active members, their families, today’s veterans and many who have and continue to support them. We also appreciate her reminders of current legislative actions designed to address some of the ill effects and consequences of placing American men and women in harm’s way (i.e. burn pits and other contaminants) from combat. We assume that her senatorial colleagues would gladly endorse her message, affirming their unanimous support for her military members – then and now. We are, however, more than troubled — we’re outraged that Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville remains a deep, black stain on today’s Senate reputation. He has single-handedly imposed his personal beliefs on the Senate by holding up military promotions.

Those nominated for promotion have done their duty in years of service to our nation; they have met their branch’s performance criteria, have garnered support of their commanders, and have adhered to the expectations embedded in the oath they swore to as they commissioned.

Most have heeded the call and served selflessly in combat zones around the world. Our own son served on the ground thrice in Iraq and recently in a hot zone in Africa. The nomination list includes many, many like him. The military recognizes the role that access to needed health care, including abortions, plays in keeping troops combat-ready and able to serve. It appears that the Department of Defense, like many corporations, businesses and organizations, has made decisions that best serve its main mission and related strategies. How dare Tuberville interfere?

We beg Murkowski to use her influence to “kick free” the nominations of these military members so they may be recognized through achieved rank, their service and performance, and move forward in their careers.

— Jan and Bill Gehler


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