Friday, March 1, 2013

Pitching for our troops when they come back home

It's been 35 years since Chico Escuela, Saturday Night Live's fictional baseball luminary portrayed so spot-on by Garrett Morris, first emphasized that "baseball has been berry, berry good to me." To paraphrase that timeless line, we think it's high time the nation was very, very good to its citizens in the Armed Forces, as well as our military veterans.

Legislation warming up in the bullpen here in the Washington State House of Representatives recently received an enthusiastic pitch from a pair of stalwart arms on the national scene.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, emphasized their support for the objectives contained in two legislative proposals that will soon be on the House floor. In their addresses the other day to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Obama and Biden both spoke of our duty to honor the rights and interests of citizens who have honored the call of duty to their country. Proposals contained in House Bill 1858 and House Bill 1859 emphasize this very goal.
Many military careers transition very well into a civilian job. If a veteran has stayed in the same career in his or her time in the service, he or she should get the benefit of the training and education received in the military. And when they're applying for civilian jobs after their service is up, they should certainly receive appropriate credit for their experience and military training.
"Support the Troops" has to be a lot more than just a bumper sticker.

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