Local Veteran Speaks Out

Thomas Swendsen during his video
Thomas Swendsen during his video
 With recent pension cuts, a lot of Veterans expressed their anger to politics. Well recently, one local veteran decided to take his anger to the internet. Local Vietnam Veteran Thomas Swendsen who did two tours during the Vietnam war expressed his feelings about the recent pension cuts on Youtube.

 "They did this to us when we returned from Vietnam." said Thomas Swendsen "We have men out there volunteering to protect our country and this is how they treat our veterans who served and fought to keep us safe?". Feeling that his Brothers and Sisters in Arm were being mistreated, Thomas went to his daughter Jayne, and created a video to tell the people the truth about the pension cuts and what it could do to our Veterans. In his video, he explains about how if all the Veterans united, and contact their local VFW's they can vote the politicians who voted for the pension cuts out of office. 

"When I was 18, they put out a draft." said Tom "I had to make a choice at that age. Either go to war, or go to prison. I chose to serve my country."  The people have the right to vote in the U.S as well as the right to impeach a Politician if they are doing wrong to their people.  "If a politician doesn't do what's right by his people he should be impeached." Swendsen continued "If you have a volunteer army out their fighting for their country and you don't give them a decent pension, then the next time we have a war, no one is going to sign up because it won't be worth it. If anything, they should be RAISING their pensions and cut the Politician's pay!"

If you wish to see the video, please go to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM6g1DBEtYM&feature=c4-overview&list=UURDVaUUZJu_BX-2DvjHO2aw

"Hopefully with this video," Thomas said "my Brothers and Sisters in Arm can unite and stand up for what we believe in."


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