Exactly where is support for troops?

I read the letter in Friday’s paper from the reader who gave glowing reviews of Rep. Rick Larsen’s so-called support of the troops demonstrated by his wanting to bring them home. (“Larsen trying to help troops get out.”)

As the mother of a serviceman currently serving in a very dangerous province of Iraq, I say that is not enough.

If he truly supports the troops and is not merely giving lip service by voicing what is popular with local liberal-minded constituents, then he should also be making sure while they are over there that they have all the supplies they need and the safest equipment available.

Several months ago, I wrote to Rep. Larsen and our two senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, about my concerns. I sent all three a letter expressing my concern for my son’s safety in the Humvees and asking why they were stalling on funding the production of MRAPs, the v-shaped vehicle that has been demonstrated to be much safer for deflecting roadside bomb impact.

My response was two form letters from the senators, which were basically Republican administration bashing letters with no mention of my son’s service or the MRAP vehicles. Rep. Larsen didn’t even bother to respond.

Marilyn Grimes

Lake Stevens

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