QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate has penned a guest column for the Military.com web site. An excerpt follows below.
“Over the last few tumultuous years, things have become very political. War brings that out. People agree and disagree, and we Americans find it comfortable to debate politics with clever bumper stickers. One sticker slogan that pushed my buttons was one that declared, ‘I support our troops!’ For months I asked myself what it meant. Was I missing something? Wasn’t this statement obvious? Isn’t this one thing that most of us can agree on?
“The more I thought about it the more I thought of my own meanings for this ambiguous statement. Of course I support our troops — or do I? What is it that I do support? What do I even know about our troops? Even though I was raised in a military family I had never been a Soldier and I’ve certainly never been in combat.
“I felt compelled to understand what a soldier is. Just what is the soldier’s perspective? What does the soldier experience before, during and after war. The only way to do this was to ask them and to listen to what they had to say.”
Read the entire column at Military.com.