Geraldo: Let's Honor Those Who Wear the Uniform
Rivera pays tribute to veterans
- Duration 3:56
- Date Nov 11, 2011
Rivera pays tribute to veterans
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-- -- -- a man who has covered wars all over the world including the war in Afghanistan.
A war that well you came on board ten years ago this month imagine almost exactly a decade I've been here at fox came to work on November 14 November 16 that was already in Pakistan and two days later through the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan and I wanted to come here to follow our brave men and women into war.
To get the people who got us so badly so grievously down at the World Trade Center and in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.
And over the ten years I've been covering you know this -- Ten times and Afghanistan ten times in Iraq and every other.
Place in between Somalia and all the rest of -- I I've met so many of these guys.
Came to love them some of my best friends -- amazing.
We are going to pause here for just a moment to mark the the clock striking 1111.
At least on the East Coast.
On this the eleventh day of November 2011.
In other time zones you can wait an hour maybe two hours to mark that.
For yourself but what -- day.
And here at least on the East Coast it is now.
This was armistice day originally this was this this was this was the day that marks.
The war to end all wars and they really thought that's what it was going to be of course that has not proven to be the case human nature being what it is.
And as long as people attack -- always bill.
Sadly always has been in the history of human experience they'll always -- war we have to count on the men and women who sacrificed so much and that's.
It's not just the bravery in the field and that's -- there ever -- has to remember.
It's the sacrifices of these families.
You know who a 22 year old soldier goes overseas he leaves behind a twenty year old wife was a child may -- she's pregnant they're being separated.
Four years deployment it's been so rough and so many young people.
And such a tiny percentage of the American people now serve in the military as you know Jonathan -- balls for an idea of the draft they sacrificed so disproportionately.
For money that I you know was some say is is chump change compared to the sacrifice.
And then the wounded warriors who come back and face unemployment.
I mean it's just outrageous a national scandal we have to do so much more to help those -- done so much for us those families who have suffered so disproportionately.
In my office wall -- there is here I have pictures of me -- GI's who no longer all on earth who killed in action.
You know it's something that has this mark me profoundly and and the people around my brother Craig Greg part of traveling with me in these places I have young -- in the army game at Yankee Stadium tomorrow to honor them and today have.
The guys started as a lowly majors now -- full bird colonel staying with me tonight at the house with his family is just.
You know I I am so honored to have seen them up close.
Doing so much risking so much often paying the ultimate prize of course.
The war in Iraq is winding down in two months or less we will not have soldiers on the ground there active duty soldiers.
Iraq I'm -- Afghanistan we still have a 100000 troops on the ground ten years after that conflict began.
Well I don't necessarily disagree with the president's decision to pull out of Iraq I'd like to have left some compliment behind to at least run our drone program against the -- -- Afghanistan will wind down that we will see an end of this war on terror at least in this intense combat phase.
But in the meantime and unless and until we do and even and in peace let's honor those who Wear the uniform of the United States and served us so proudly and so selflessly when the president makes his room.