by Dr. Darrell L. Williams, U.S. Senate Candidate
As the fight for democracy is upon us, we must stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine here in the United States and those who are fighting abroad. Being a purple heart recipient and serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have seen conflict up close and I personally know the horrors of war. But after years at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, political in-fighting, and strained relations with allies and other countries, we cannot afford for the United States to appear vulnerable.
As a person who has served in combat, I know the pain, concern and hope that comes with each passing day. However, as a nation, while we continue diplomatic efforts, we must re-build and bridge relationships to promote long-term peace. While we may pray and work for peace, we must be prepared to defend our national interests throughout the world and our borders at all cost. We must also support those who supported us and our NATO allies in support of Ukraine.
At the point where continued diplomatic efforts become more futile and our hands are forced to use more aggressive means, .we must do so decisively. In order to provide such a defense, we must maintain the best trained and most prepared fighting force in the world. With the recent conflict that we are experiencing, it serves as a constant reminder that Freedom is not free. It is often paid for with the blood and sacrifice of many brave men and women.
As a nation of supporters as we support our allies, we must ensure that those who are fighting to provide the freedom we all enjoy have the best and most advanced equipment. After serving for 29 years of military service and serving in two combat zones, I have seen combat ‘up close and personal’ and it is not pretty. Hence, in the spirit of bravery and courage, ‘like many soldiers’ I know that there is no guarantee of safe return from deployment. Despite this fact, it does not divorce us from our responsibility and obligation to spare no cost to maximize their safe redeployment back home to their families.
At this time, I want the people of Ukraine and the brave men and women who are fighting and those who standing ‘ready to serve’ on the frontlines of battle that we stand with you and we support you.