Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A Hero's Welcome with extra baggage
Delta airlines made news when they charged returning soldiers $2800 in baggage fees. Regardless of your political views, you have to admire these men and women in uniform who willingly sacrifice of themselves and their families to serve their country. These brave men and women spend months and years living in daily danger and missing their families. When they are finally returning home, some airline has the audacity to charge them for "extra" baggage. Sorry, Delta. Some rules are meant to be broken. There are exceptions to every rule. If you serve our country, put your life at risk and leave your own family for months on end, you deserve the red carpet and royal treatment when you return to American soil. Not everything has to be about "making a buck". These soldiers did not enlist in the military for the fabulous pay or luxurious travel. They do it because they feel called to it. The least they should receive upon returning home is a Hero's welcome. Maybe I should be relieved that Delta responded to the public outcry over their glaring misstep. But, I'm not. I'm shocked that it was even an issue. I know it isn't always feasible but when a soldier is returning home, they should be handed a first class ticket, a glass of champagne and a heartfelt thank you- not a bill for their luggage. So, I'll say it. Thank you and your families for all you do and all your sacrifices. God bless you and your families.