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Koutz: Legion always has, will support troops

On Jan. 2, American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz said that the nation's largest veterans service organization does not care that controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has resolved to stop saying he supports the troops in 2013. Moore recently announced on his blog that for a New Year's resolution he won’t say he supports the troops because “I don’t. I used to.”

Koutz explained that Moore is able to openly express his opinions because American troops have fought and given their lives for freedom for over two centuries, as they are doing today in Afghanistan and other theaters in the global war on terrorism.

“What I can say is that The American Legion fully supports all the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, always has and always will,” Koutz said. “We don’t need to make a New Year’s resolution for that. It’s what we do every day, every year. No resolution needed.

“We do it by supporting the families of military personnel before, during and after their deployments. We do it by fighting to preserve the benefits military men and women have earned and deserve while they are in the service and after discharge. We do it when they come home and need help adjusting to lives as civilians.

“Moreover, The American Legion supports the troops in our hearts and prayers, appealing to God every day that they may come home safe, having stood strong against those who would gladly take away the freedoms that define the greatness of our nation.”


  1. While Veteran groups like the Legion, VFW, and IAVA work to help Vets obtain services, Michael Moore is responding to the apparent national hypocrisy of our troops being sent off to wars that are not in our national interests while their families are being evicted from their homes, forced onto food stamps, not having the initial funding necessary to meet the needs of returning vets wounded or suffering PTSD, the outrageous number of sexual assaults visited upon our female (and, in some cases, male) troopers that have gone unpunished, the relative scarcity of transitional programs from military to civilian life resulting in tens of thousands of homeless vets and last, but certainly not the least, the staggering number of suicides that appear to be increasing among our veteran population. These are facts and these are his concerns. I hope that the Legion will offer Moore an opportunity to respond to this editorial. I encourage Veterans to go to his page and read his comments in their entirety.
  2. If you heard it on Fox it was probably wrong, as the rest of his statement went on to state some wars are not worth fighting. Did anyone lose any freedoms when we lost the war in Veitnam? Our troops in the middle east are fighting for someones freedom but at a cost that is not worth it except as an excuse to maintain the military/industrial dictatorship of this country. As far as the Legion support for the troops I once asked what the Legion lobbying office in Washington, DC was doing while Walter Reed had become a disgrace. It was apparent they never visited the hospital to visit the troops because they were to busy getting drunk with congressmen. I also asked what the budget was for that office, to include salary and entertainment. I never got an answer but was contacted by a retired officer working for the Legion who explained how many hours it took him to commute to work. I wonder why I still pay my dues, especially when the local Post allows anyone to use the bar if they just sign in, totally disregarding the IRS law that a guest may not spend his own money in the lounge. My guess every post in the US is guilty of this infraction and should lose their tax exempt staus. Dennis Schehl, Past Adjutant/Finance Officer Post 223 Sykesville, MD. I no longer use the facility or attend meetings and am not supporting this organization until it cleans up its act and disallows the town drunks from using the local post for a watering hole.
  3. With all due respect most people are not continuing to read the remainder of Michael Moore's Blog. I feel it is important to be honest more so than express hyperbole specifically from Fox News that is nothing more than entertainment versus fact based news. This is what item #5 went onto say about Moore’s blog item #4. “Apologize for #4. I have enormous respect for anyone who would offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live. Is there any greater gift one can give another? It's not the troops' fault they're sent to invade other countries for dubious reasons and outright lies. It's OUR responsibility to prevent this, to elect representatives who believe in peace, and to only put our troops in harm's way when it's absolutely necessary. My uncle was killed in World War II. Today would have been his 90th birthday. My dad still misses him. Our family has served this country in the military since the Revolutionary War. None of them watch Fox News.” Since this comment section does not allow web page links I urge the readers to verify what Moore has to say in its entirety please go to Moore’s website blog at MichaelMoore dot com Open Mic "Those who say..."
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