We must never stop defending our POWs

Our independence from Britain started in 1775 — 244 years ago.

Since then, tens of millions of Americans, have served in the military honorably and proudly.

Many of my generation can trace family members who served in World War I or World War II, Korea or Vietnam. My father-in-law was a prisoner of war in World War II Europe, and I had two great uncles killed in action in WWI.

We have a history of serving America.

The above four wars produced more than 100,000 POWs. A number of these Americans were left alive in Russia, China, North Korea and Vietnam and never came home.

The country they fought for abandoned them.

No American ever defamed and disgraced a certain group of veterans until 2015, when then presidential candidate Donald Trump, who refused to serve, said, “I don’t like people who were captured.”

Americans, not even veterans or veterans organizations, spoke loudly, continually and collectively to defend POWs against Trump.

Medal of Honor recipients on stage with Trump and other veterans at his rallies would not stand up for POWs. This would never have happened in my grandfather’s or father’s generations.

Is it because people just do not care about these Americans? After all, the last war to have POWs in numbers was Vietnam over 40 years ago.

If most Americans, especially veterans, care about what POWs went through, why will they not openly condemn Trump?

During World War II, POWs were a part of the American military that made sure the Japanese and Nazi flag would never fly over America. They should not be forgotten.

When one person attacks a certain group of veterans and gets away with it, America is in very deep trouble.

Dennis C. Shore

Altoona

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