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OPINION

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: LTC Vindman’s relief

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
The Destin Log

I saw something on TV on Feb. 7 I never dreamed I would see. I saw a U.S. Army active duty lieutenant colonel being escorted out of the White House. LTC Vindman was in uniform wearing a combat infantryman’s badge and a purple heart ribbon.

He was not leaving on his own. He was being escorted by the capitol police. To receive the purple heart you have to be wounded in combat in defense of this country. To receive the combat infantryman’s badge you have to be in ground combat for at least 30 days. LTC Vindman has been awarded both.

His last assignment was in the intelligence field. He was assigned there because he was fluent in both Russian and Ukranian languages. Because of his job and the people he worked for, he was summoned to testify before the Oversight Committee of the U.S. Congress.

LTC Vindman testified under oath and in uniform. He told the truth under oath. No one, not even the accused, has ever said that he did not tell the truth. If he had lied under oath, he would not have lost his job and been relieved. If he had lied under oath, his boss, the person who had him relieved, would have patted him on the back and said what a great soldier he was.

LTC Vindman knew what would happen to him when he told the truth. What would you have done? That tells you what kind of a man LTC Vindman is. When a U.S. military officer is relieved of his job, that is normally the end of his military career. LTC Vindman will never be promoted to colonel.

I believe this is the most egregious act that I have ever witnessed – seeing this outstanding, highly decorated soldier being escorted out of the White House. This has to be one of the lowest acts that our government ever has committed. Think about it. This is a man who was willing to lay down his life for this country, and almost did, being kicked out of the White House. Is this a template we use for making this country great again? What has happened to us? Where are we headed?

Congressman Gaetz has filed an ethical complaint again the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Congressman, are you going to file an ethical complaint against the White House? If not, why not? Your district has more active duty, retired and veteran soldiers than any other district in the country. Congressman Gaetz, your actions or inactions will tell every soldier how you really feel about them. Congressman, do you copy?

— Col. Johnnie R. Prichard, U.S. Army Ret., Bluewater Bay