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A Soldier-Samaritan Responds

To my RCP column today:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful article today praising the United States military as a humanitarian group.  I can't tell you how pleased I am to see it.

Last year, while a field director for President Bush in Ohio, I made a life-changing decision to join the Army National Guard and entered Basic Training in January.  Although it was the toughest thing I've ever done, I can't tell you how proud I am to be able to say I am a soldier.

Here's the thing: like many new soldiers I met, I didn't join the Army to take lives . . . but to help save lives.  Although you won't hear it from the MSM, It's my opinion that the United States Military is the greatest humanitarian organization in the world . . . even greater than groups like Greenpeace and the Peace Corps that reap most of the press attention.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to volunteer to be mobilized to Mississippi and New Orleans with Ohio's 73rd Troop Command in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and I can't tell you what a wonderful feeling it was to be able to help those wonderful people while wearing my country's uniform.

So thank you, again, for so eloquently stating what I've come to learn in the past year: that the U.S. military does much, much more than just kill people and break things.  I maintain a blog dedicated to proving just that: www.campkatrinablog.com. I hope you'll visit it some time and read some of the wonderful soldier stories we have there.

Keep up the great work, my friend.

Spc. Phil Van Treuren
Ohio Army National Guard
JAG Corps