Editorial: Helping our soldiers

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, September 21, 2010:

Almost every day in the news, we see our soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen coming home and being greeted by their grateful, joyous families at the local airport.  Often you see a young family where the father is being introduced to son or daughter for the very first time…born while he was away on duty.  Sometimes, these military families have had both parents called to active duty, while their children have remained behind with grandparents or other family members.

When we see these happy homecoming scenes, whether or not we personally know these folks, we somehow share their relief.  Whew…they made it back, out of harm's way, have served bravely and well, BUT…now that they're back…now what?

Certainly, many have careers in the military and will be sent to other assignments.  Those having completed their military commitment or who have served in the National Guard may not be so lucky.  Many have done multiple tours overseas. Do they have jobs waiting for them, especially in this job market? What is our obligation to help those who have served us so well?  What do you think?

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