U.S. Veterans Banished From America

Banished

Yep, you heard that right. Untold numbers of U.S. Veterans have been banished from our country over the last ten years.

Why? Because of various crimes they committed or after they completed their prison sentences. They include almost all of our services: former sailors, marines, soldiers, and airmen. These people fought defending our country during wartime from Vietnam era to Iraq.

Several veterans, one who served during the years of Vietnam and another who was in Desert Storm, were deported to Mexico after being in prison for non-violent drug offenses. Many others were also deported because of other non-violent crimes. But drug cartels have approached those living in Mexico because they knew they were U.S. Veterans.

Fortunately, Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Charles Rangel (D-NY), and José E. Serrano (D-NY), all veterans who are now serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, have introduced a bill to bring these deported veterans home to the U.S. and their familes.

You might think this would be an easy thing to get passed, right? Well, the current administration releasing thousands of criminal illegal aliens incarcerated because of their violent crimes brings to mind this question: why should the Republicans want to bring more “criminals” back to the U.S.? This, besides the fact this legislation was introduced by Democrats, veterans though they may be?

The answer of course is “yes” they should because they’re our veterans! The difference is these deported veterans have served our country and deserve to be here rather than there in Mexico.

In a recent editorial former U.S. Navy Commander of Special Operations Command, William McRaven, wrote: “The men and women of our military continue to say “send me.” Send me where the nation needs me…Send me on the ships and on the planes. Just send me and I will do my duty.”

So, does it make sense to leave these veterans stranded outside the country with which they honorably served?

If it doesn’t, then contact your senators and representative and let them know that they should vote for this bill. For those who don’t know how to contact them, then do so through this website.

Let’s get to work and bring these veterans home!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]