“Serving Those Who Serve” Shouldn’t Be Necessary
posted at 11:35 am on April 23, 2010 by Tanya
Ok, so I’m in a bad mood anyway. Maybe I’m taking this too personally. You tell me.
With the help of nearly 3,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, Budweiser announced a partnership with the USO (United Service Organizations) to honor the men and women of America’s Armed Forces through the “Proud to Serve Those Who Serve” program.
As part of the program, Budweiser and its wholesalers will donate $250,000 in May and June to the USO’s Operation Enduring Care program, which was created to meet the recovery needs of wounded service members and their families. The donation will help fund the development of two wounded warrior centers at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va. The centers will integrate programs, community services and recreation space, alongside government provided non-medical services, creating a centralized location for innovative, state-of-the-art warrior care.
So. I pay taxes, you pay taxes. We work all week and our government takes their slice. They see fit to use that hard-earned money and give it to people who won’t work, to fund organizations that provide abortions that we can’t condone, and soon to furnish insurance for people who refuse to or can’t buy their own.
All of this is a given, I know.
But why, why does Walter Reed have to rely on charity from a beer company — and a foreign-owned beer company at that — to provide adequate care for our wounded veterans?! I’m not angry at Anheuser-Busch InBev; they’re the ones doing the right thing here. But they shouldn’t have to do the right thing.
I don’t believe in income tax, but since we’re stuck with it, shouldn’t this be the one thing that it always covers? How about if my tax money goes to this amazing “state-of-the-art warrior care” instead, and we let the beer companies spend their donations in other helpful ways. At a time when half the country is whining that “free” healthcare is their Constitutional right, it’s doubly shameful that our veterans have to rely on charity to get the best medical treatment possible.