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Is this the respect our brave soldiers deserve?

Politicians shame on you

IAF Veteran Biren Yadav wrote:

"Yesterday I was at Hindon Air Force base for the funeral of 5 brave air warriors of 77 Squadron who were involved in the recent air crash. Amongst them was our dear late Wing Commander Prashant Joshi (Son of Veteran Group Captain Ashok  Joshi and Son-in-law of Veteran Wing Commander SU "Suzy" Apte, who are ace Fighter pilots and now settled at pune). Late Wing Commander Joshi leaves behind his wife Squadron Leader (retd) Anita Joshi and two small children of age 8 and 2. Late Wing Commander Joshi was cleared for Promotion to next Rank as Group Captain and was slated to take over as CO of No 77 Squadron equipped with Hercules Super 130J. It was a very sad moment. The Station arranged their farewell with honour and dignity which they truly deserved. The loss of so many from a squadron is unthinkable. The Squadron officers proudly saluted their comrades knowing very well they have lost the best."

"What hurt me the most was that not ONE representative of the Ministry of Defence was present nor any had the decency to drive down to Hindon to pay the "Brave Soldiers" their last respect. Not one from the politician class could find time for the same. Only General VK Singh was there. This can happen only in our country. This hurts a lot especially to veterans like us. Only soldiers, no matter what color,country or language they speak, understand the final respect a comrade deserves.I cry when I think about those uniformed men and women and the lives they have affected by their ultimate sacrifice. May they all rest in peace with other comrades in arm."

Conversely, in Pittsburgh, PA the body of one Air Force captain who died in accident was brought.  His route to the Funeral Home was announced with timings on all TV stations.

I was astonished and moved to see that all residents of Alleghany County were up at 8 AM, lined up on the described route, when the temp was -20 degrees and it was snowing heavily.  It was a moving scene to see two years olds, 80 years old and pregnant women lined up to pay their respect to the departed soldier. This is the respect soldiers and Veterans deserve for serving the country.

No one has been able to explain to me "Why young men & women, who serve in the Military for 20 years or more risking their lives protecting public's freedom, get only 50% of their pay on retirement".

While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men & women, still receive Full-Pay retirement after serving only one (1) term.
It just does not make any sense.

Support the Armed Forces.

"You are free to choose to share or not share this article". These brave soldiers have given you that right!

Author: Sanjay Kumar

Date: April 8th, 2014

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