I am a Vietnam War veteran who was a military policeman in DaNang in 1970-71. In early 1972, our president tried to quell inflation by implementing a temporary wage and price freeze over the nation that affected the military. There was great grumbling by the men and women in the military because their cost of living increase was withheld.
Our commanding officer told us, “Nobody in the military is allowed to publicly say anything negative or contemptuous about our commander in chief.” They told us that we would be prosecuted if we did.
Numerous veterans I have talked to are troubled by the behavior of U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who is actively in the Iowa National Guard and the U.S. military. Although she is running for a civilian office, she has emphasized her current role as a lieutenant colonel and serving in Iraq. The expectations of her are different from what would be expected from someone else who has retired from the military.