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Soldier’s death proves it is time to bring troops home

This letter is in response to the article covering the death of Army Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman

My immediate response to his picture in the paper brought tears of sorrow for a family I never knew nor even met. It saddens me greatly that such a young man with so much to live for was taken from our grasp by a group of individuals who stand for nothing but the sheer thrill of killing American soldiers.

For whatever the reasons, right or wrong, for going to war in Afghanistan, Sonny heeded the call and took up the sword to defend those very freedoms we all enjoy but fail every day to appreciate. It sickens me to recognize how disconnected the American people are from our military defending our sovereignty worldwide.

The overt military policy in Afghanistan and Iraq are wrong. We have let our own military down. While this does not in any way diminish the sacrifice put forth by Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman it only bothers me more that I consented to requiring he be sent. How will this change the future of his family?

Why must the lives of our sons and daughters continue to be put at such high risk knowing full well the consequences of their deaths? The time is long overdue to withdraw our overt military forces from these two countries before any more of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters are laid to rest. President Barack Obama, I call upon you to bring home our soldiers, sailors and airmen before further catastrophe strikes more American families.

Army Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, I stand at attention and salute you sir.

— Joe Bialek, Cleveland

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