Senior Airman Brian Kolfage is a hero. A triple amputee veteran of the War in Iraq, he beat all odds by making the most incredible recovery of any veteran to ever survive his injuries.
He is a patriot – the kind of man you want your son to grow up to be. This is his letter to Colin Kaepernick: Printed with Permission from Brian Koflage
I lost my legs and arm fighting in the US military, the same military that I took an oath to defend our nation and flag from enemies foreign and domestic. Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed.
We live in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is.
Where women are beaten and killed in honor if they are raped, where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60’s, thats just a little taste of what oppression is. You Know NOTHING of what oppression is.
Every American has a choice and every opportunity to better their lives, this is America the greatest country on this planet.
The last letter we printed from Brian was pretty much a “F**K YOU” missive to Barack Obama. Here’s part of it.
My Open Letter to Obama – by Brian Kolfage
I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over.
I joined to serve my country and to better my life. I’ve seen things that you could never imagine, and they have made me the person I am today.
Mr. Obama, even though we share extreme opposite views, we have one thing in common, we both attended school in Hawaii.
However, that’s where the similarities end.
You see, as you attended your exclusive, private school, I would ride my bike to Kaimuki High school in one of the roughest areas in Hawaii every morning and would ride past Punahou, the exclusive private school you attended.
I would notice the Bentleys, Maserati’s, and fancy foreign cars that all the kids were dropped off in; wow it must have been extremely rough in Hawaii living that life, right? I could only imagine what it was like to have that kind of money.
Fortunately for you, not many people are aware of the school and the upper class citizens who attended it. The tuition to attend your exclusive, private school was more than it cost me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona. You talk a big game when it comes to financial inequality, yet I’m quite sure you have no idea what it’s truly like to have sacrifice. You were one of the elitist children in Hawaii.
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