2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ohio National Guard to provide free healthcare to civilians in Ohio

Last time I wore that patch it was called
"Joint Force Headquarters" (JFHQ) for the
Ohio National Guard. 
In a program called "GuardCare", 80 Docs, medics and other medical types of the Ohio National Guard will be providing free health screenings and services in Springfield, Ohio July 28th and 29th to any resident of Ohio regardless of income level or whether or not they have insurance.

In an era where universal heath care regulations and "Obamacare" are center stage this could be seen as another "government freebie".  In fact, I think this benefits the soldiers performing the service as much as the folks getting the treatment.  Despite what many people think, other than the doctors and physician assistants themselves, many of the medical personnel in the guard and reserve forces do not work in the health care field in their civilian lives.  This type of activity allows them to get valuable experience they can then port over to those time where they may be called to help support "hearts and minds" types of operations overseas by providing care to indigenous peoples where ever we may ask them to deploy to. Also, this gives the guard an opportunity to use supplies that may be nearing their expiration date instead of simply destroying them. Everyone always talks about government waste and how we throw away gazillions of dollars of perfectly good stuff, here's a chance to curb some of that.

Lastly, and this hasn't really been an issue since 9/11, it gives a good opportunity for the guard to be seen in a positive light here in the State of Ohio and may also even end up providing a few referrals or actual enlistments into the guard.  I give today's troops credit.  When I enlisted in 1986 there was no ongoing "hot" conflict.  We has some low intensity stuff going on in Central America and Grenada was still fresh in everyone's mind, but nothing that guaranteed you would be getting sent somewhere with "pointy blanks".  The enemy then was the Russian Bear on the other side of the Iron Curtain and while it was a very real threat , nobody actually ever saw anything flaring up with them (unbeknownst to most of us we came a razor edge on more than a few occasions though), so service in the military was seen as a good job with benefits to many people.  Today, the folks that stand and take the oath know that they may very well face the challenges of combat, whether that oath may enlist you into any component of the Armed Forces, active, reserve or guard.  I respect that.

Pic of 3rd Platoon, Co B 1-148th Infantry, Ohio Army National Guard.
They are currently serving in Afghanistan. I was in this unit (same platoon) 20+ years ago!
I am proud of my service time in the Ohio Army National Guard and military in general.  I am glad to see that they keep up the good work both overseas and at home now that that part of my life is fading in the rear view mirror.

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