By US Daily Review Staff.
The idea of college professors being hostile to the military is arguably nothing new. It is difficult for any young person to go through four years of college and not walk away wondering abut the morality of the military. Untold numbers more have open hostility to it because of the approaches taken by many professors in the classroom. However, the idea of members of the military doing anything about such things in the classroom is very new, and an organization called Soldiers’ Angels is doing just that.
The following is an open letter to Professor Michael Avery of Suffolk University Law School from Soldiers’ Angels, a military support nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers:
Dear Professor Avery,
We at Soldiers’ Angels highly believe in the value of higher education and respect teachers for their efforts to mold the minds and characters of young adults. We also believe in and value freedom of speech and the ability of those teachers to share their opinions, as freedom of speech is one of those constitutional freedoms that soldiers swear to defend and protect.
With the above in mind, we are taking the strongest possible stand AGAINST your recent writings on the subject of American soldiers. Calling the American military “murderers” and trying to discourage American volunteers from sending supplies and encouraging their deployed troops borders on treason–to damage morale and stop needed care packages from going to the “boots on the ground” is tantamount to aiding and abetting the enemy they are fighting.
On a daily basis, Soldiers’ Angels hears from deployed service members under tremendous strain whose hearts and minds are soothed by receiving packages and letters from Americans who see them as individuals separate from the policy decisions they are required to enforce as instruments of war. To encourage someone to remove that support makes a political statement at the expense of very young, individual, upstanding Americans who are simply doing a lawful job.
Soldiers’ Angels will not stand idly by as individual soldiers are used as pawns in a political argument, torn down and attacked for simple political or personal gain. What is “shameful” is not that care packages are sent to service members who volunteered, but that brilliant minds apparently don’t understand that America’s military provides security and safety, saving far more lives than are taken. It is “shameful” that something as uninformed as your email is given validity in any quarter. Service members pride themselves in being part of the greater good and entering into the most valued of contracts, a social contract with the citizens of the United States; A gesture of support for these volunteers is not shameful, but touching and inspiring, a much-needed motivator to continue to serve most honorably.
We hope from our hearts that you will point your politics at the political leaders themselves and not the people who are just doing their sworn duty. We strenuously request you retract your statements and help us to support those who have taken oaths to defend the Constitution and are honoring the vows they have made in following the lawful orders of their Commander in Chief.
Patti Patton-Bader, Founder and CEO
Toby J Nunn, Executive Officer
Established in 2003, Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-based, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing aid and comfort to members of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as veterans and military families.