This is my letter to Senator Udall, as well as the other members of the Colorado Congressional Deligation:
Dear Senator Udall:
I urge you to support President Obama's proposal to create a reverse boot camp for service members mustering out of the military, for the purpose of helping them find employment in the civilian economy, by offering employers who hire them tax breaks. Right now he's talking about a paltry $120 million over two years. It should be a lot more! And it shouldn't just apply to disabled vets. This reverse boot camp should be part of the process for all military personel transitioning back into civilian life. Too many of them return to our communities with undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is just plain wrong.
We should significantly reduce the size and expense of our military, and create a major "reboot" program to train veterans for jobs in a demilitarized economy; jobs in alternative energy and in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.
A big part of our economic problems is caused by all of the money we've borrowed to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has all been done in the name of "national security." But really, our national security depends, not on contolling oil resources in foreign lands, but upon developing alternative energy here in America. Our returning veterans are just the ones to help create this new economy. The most patriotic thing that they, and we all can do together is to break our dependence upon oil.