What Can I Do to Help Those Who are Serving our Country ?

A couple years ago I got asked by the CBS Evening News to do an interview. They wanted to interview me just before a Mavs game and the reason I said yes (I saw no to 99.99pct of interview requests), is because they were curious as to what I was “saying” during the National Anthem before every game.

They had noticed that before every game I was “talking to myself” during the Anthem. On this day, September 11th, I decided to share some of what I say before every Mavs game, and on almost every day, and to also ask a question.

Here is what I say:
“Thank you to all those who have fought before and are fighting now to make this country great. I will never take my freedoms or opportunities for granted. Here is to …. then I go through a list of family members and thank them and hope that they and their children are healthy, happy and can always look up at a blue sky and be thankful for all we have.” Then at Mavs games, I give thanks to all the players on the court , fans in the seats and hope that they stay healthy, happy and that the Mavs win. “

I dont ever want to take for granted what I have, what my family has and how fortunate we are.

Six years after September 11th, I wanted to also ask the question, what should we do for those who serve our country ?

Is The Fallen Patriot Fund enough ? Is it just about money ? Is it about politics ? Is it about time ? Are we as individual citizens just along for the ride ? Should we trust our elected officials and government to have the best interests of our servicepeople ? Is trusting the government in that capacity the wrong thing to do ?

Is generating discussion and inquiry a positive or a negative ? Should the marketplace of ideas, as it applies to the military and our government be expanded or contracted during a time of conflict and war ? Why is it that so many seem to speak so authoritatively when I have so many unanswered questions ?

I wonder how future generations will look back at these Post 9/11/2001 years. Will they see us as Enlightened ? Barbaric ? Confused ?

I get emails every single day from soldiers and their families. All give me a sense of pride that they would want to contact me. All make me sad that they are at risk and I dont fully understand why.

What should we as American citizens do to help, honor and serve those who are serving our country ?

93 thoughts on “What Can I Do to Help Those Who are Serving our Country ?

  1. To Whom It Would Be of Interest,

    I wrote this song to Salute Our Troops serving around the World

    and would be honored if you choose to post it on your Patriotic Site.

    I thank you and God Bless!

    Beholding Beyond Words

    Beholding Beyond Words To Our Servicemen And Women
    Stationed Around The World In Far Away Places
    There’s Not Much We Can Say To Thank Them Enough
    For What They Go Thru Each Day In The Rough

    But: Give Them Our Thanks
    Give Them Our Love
    Give Them Our Regards
    For a Safe Return

    We Praise and Raise Our Hands To You
    That Earned the Honor That We Now Bestow
    We Salute You For A Job Bravely Done
    And Applaud Your Courage In The Face Of The Unknown

    Defending Freedom
    Defending Liberty
    Defending Peace
    At Home And Abroad

    For The Past, Present, And Future Generations
    Duty Will Always Be An Honorable Citation
    To Stand The Ground That Freedom Upholds
    To Endure Engagements Where Ever They Unfold

    Defending Freedom
    Defending Liberty
    Defending Peace
    At Home And Abroad

    For Those MIA’S, POW’S,
    Fallen Soldiers, Who Gave All They Could
    We Will Search For As Long As It Takes
    You Are Not Forgotten And Will Always Be

    In Our Hearts
    In Our Prayers
    In Our Minds
    For All Time

    These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds
    They Are Sisters, Brothers Heroes Profound
    They Enlisted For The Duty At Hand
    To Serve The Cause Of Country And Land

    They Serve With Honor
    They Serve With Valor
    They Serve With A Pride
    That Will Change Them Forever

    To Our Forces Standing Tall And Proud They Be
    Our Country’s Behind Them In A Solemn Sea
    So Let The Flags Of Freedom Fly
    Unfurled In Their Majesty High

    In The Sun
    In The Rain
    In The Wind
    Across This Land

    These Are The Things Our Country’s Made of
    These Are The Things We Cherish And Love
    So Let The Flags Of Freedom Fly
    Unfurled In Their Majesty High

    In The Sun
    In The Rain
    In The Winds
    For All Time

    Jerry Calow ( Copyright 2003 )

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  2. You can honor us (current active duty volunteers) by not getting all Toby Keith when you remember 9/11. Our enemies are motivated by the same kind of BS that I hear in those \”patriotic\” country songs. Or you could bring this up: We already had the Department of Defense, why would we need a department for \”Homeland Security\”? What else would we be defending besides our homeland? Lobby for using the DOD for actually defending our country instead of \”nation-building\”.

    On a separate note, you could hook us up by having an all active duty military MMA event when you get your new venture up and running. That would be considerable morale boost.

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  3. I think your a great American for everything you do to point out the evil that this war has unleashed and that we need to get out of Iraq and never go to Iran. Your support for Loose Change proved to me that your a diferent kind of Billionaire and I greatly admire you for having the patience and bravery to deal with monsters like Bill O\’Rielly and those little minded people who support the spread of war in the world to satisfy their misguided ambitions. Call me lets do lunch!

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  4. First of all, a big THANK YOU to all of all of troops, and to our veterans! I personally will always remember every day what you are doing and have done, and will never take my freedom for granted.

    I recently asked the same question, \”What can I do to honor and serve those who are serving our country?\”

    I just finished reading the previous 20 comments, and to me the most relevant ones are from those that are currently serving, and those that have served. Number #1, recognize, acknowledge, thank, and appreciate their sacrifices. Number #2, work to help foster new programs and identify the most relevant current programs. Number #3, educate and enlist the help and support of others to further these causes. Our freedom is because of you.

    God Bless you all!

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  5. Don\’t make movie meant to vilify the service members.

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  6. I am on 11 Born September and every birthday, is not as beautiful as the birthday of 11.09.2001

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  7. I strongly agree with the notion that we should take nothing for granted. I had the pleasure and opportunity to grow up in a Less Developed Country, and I am thankful everyday for all of the lessons I was taught.

    One of the problems with this country\’s youth today is that everything is taken for granted. More often than not, kid\’s don\’t feel accountable for their own actions, and seek their parents to figure out the problem. Totalled car? Mom, need new car. Not enough clothes in the 2 closets? Need new stuff.

    There was a TV show a few months ago in which they would place a family from the US with a local family in an LDC for a week. What better way to be thankful for what privileges you have?

    Cheers

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  8. Money help is a good thing (not putting that down)! But the important thing is to really be there for your vet friends when they return. If they don\’t want to talk about the experience, don\’t push it. But if they do, then take a few moments to listen
    I had the experience of people not wanting to listen about what happened there, and feeling shut out.
    Remember,civilian, and military life are two completely different worlds. Relating one to the other and adjusting to a return from one to the other can be most difficult!!!
    The main thing is to be there for the vet like the vet was there for you!!! Todd

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  9. Mark,

    I\’m a Soldier currently serving my second Iraq tour and I just want to thank you for the support that you give servicemembers of this great country. Thank you for your prayers, its always nice to know that people back home care about us.

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  10. Mark, I live at Robson Ranch in Denton. We have a Support Our troops organization that uses 100% of our collected donations to support our troops. We have a silent action in November where we collect the bulk of our donations. We are a non-profit that does not engage in politics. We make shipments every month to deployed troops, meet the returning men and women from the Middle East, and much more. You can visit our website at http://www.supportourtroopstexas.com to see all we do.
    We have lots of Maverick fans at Robson Ranch (we have 135 members of SOT). It would be wonderful if you could donate a signed basketball, jersey, or whatever you think would be appropriate to our aution. The money we collect is for the young men and women that serve and protect us. Thanks

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  11. I think this is a great post. I enlisted in the Air Force and I leave November 27th for Basic Training. I think the fact that people of fame like yourself want to do more sets a great example to the everyday citizen…Thanks and God Bless America!

    Julio Medina

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  12. Mark I gotta tell you reading this and the words that you say to yourself before the pledge brought tears to my eyes! you are TRUELY an amazing man with a HUGE heart! I couldn\’t be happier to have such an amazing person own our MAVS! I think having you as an owner has brought the mavs a long way…not just on the court but you have brought your heart into it as well! :)

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  13. Here\’s an idea for everyone!

    On Nov 7 honor Veterans at The Flight Museum at Love Field for Lunch (11 to 1. This event not only supports the Veterans but also supports the USO at DFW.

    Since just before World War II, the USO has been the bridge between the American people and our men and women in uniform, conveying the heartfelt appreciation and support of a grateful nation. Whether it is a quiet place to go for rest and relaxation, movies, refreshments, or a friendly face, the USO consistently delivers its special brand of Servant Leadership to the military.

    The USO is an integral part of our country\’s relationship with our Service men and women. It is a treasure enabling Americans to express their gratitude, concern and support for our armed forces.

    It can truly be said that the USO has represented the best in the American people – compassion, magnanimity, selflessness, and servant leadership -universally admired qualities that the USO has mirrored to the world at large. For the generations of men and women it has served, the USO has meant friendship, respite, familiarity, warmth, and acceptance.

    Inherent in the USO\’s mission is a simple faith that the world can be made a better place. \”So long as we love,\” Robert Louis Stevenson wrote more than a hundred years ago, \”we serve; so long as we are loved by others, we are indispensable.\”

    To the USO…thanks for the memories of Servant Leadership from one who appreciates.

    More than a comedian, Bob Hope was a humanitarian who believed in the power of laughter and happiness in our lives. He believed in the importance of uplifting the human spirit, and he used his talents in a way that helped serve people.

    As a member of the USO DFW Advisory Board, I urge each of you to support the USO in whatever way you can. It is important, because when you support the USO, you\’re supporting our men and women in uniform.

    As the war in IRAQ is ramped up this summer, the number of soldiers ncreased and outstripped the funds at the USO in DFW. We are the largest USO in the world having served our 500,000th soldier on Tuesday June 12th 2007.

    I bring my college age daughters out with me on Saturday morning to \”Welcome Home\” the troops at DFW. Trying to teach them why Bob Hope entertained and served in war zones and Abraham Lincoln wrote and taught me… \”A Nation that does not honor its heroes, is not a Nation.\”

    With your help and servant leadership, the USO in the DFW area will meet the challenge and fulfill its mission to service members and their families ……. until everyone comes home.

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  14. All i have to say is Hooaahh. Thank you Mark for never forgetting that we are proud to serve no matter what the pundits may say. This is our job and we are proud of it! I\’ve done a tour in the desert and am sure I will do another one again someday but its all worth it knowing that what i leave behind will be better off for it.

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  15. You know, my foster brother is serving his second or third tour. My father served in Korea. My uncles in WW II, Korea and Vietnam. We can support our men and women by writing to them.
    It\’s simple. It\’s fun and it\’s something that goes a mighty long way. A lot of our soldiers are without real mail. They need razors, gum, stupid newspaper clippings, nekkid photos (okay, that\’s just wrong) anything to remind them that they\’re not over there for nothing (okay, you know what I mean) and that we support them.
    What can you do? Contact agencies online who can direct you to sites where you can adopt a soldier. I lost one, but I\’m not giving up. I know he appreciated the correspondence and I enjoyed preparing care packages for him.

    Another thing is start another charity to help the families of fallen and disabled soldiers.
    We\’re working on a recording of a cover of an old Freda Payne song.
    The proceeds will go to the vets.
    There ya go.

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  16. Thanks for your thoughts. I wonder, why before a baseball game?

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  17. Mark,
    You should go visit the hospital in San Antonio, or any military hospital. A lot of times all these brave men and women want is good company while they recover, and to know that people care. Even greeting the troops at the airport is a small and easy gesture that goes a long way. Many of these soldiers families move to San Antonio for a year or two to be with their loved one and they live in awful conditions, a run down house or motel…that is absolutely no way to treat someone who has served us. You could easily write them a check, but better yet, take the time to go see them and talk to them and just say thank you. You already show a lot of support and I respect you even more for that. As many games as I have been to, it still moves me every time the National Anthem is sung and the ENTIRE team and coaching staff have their hands over thier hearts…you and Avery have taught them respect and that is immeasurable. Why not wear a small pin or something or give a shout out to the troops when your dancing away next week? Good luck and thanks for the support of all military!

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  18. I don\’t know, Mark. Things are getting really bad for a lot of people right now. With the way you write and handle yourself, I believe you\’ll be one of the people that really comes through with helping out mankind when they need you.

    I serve currently in the military as well, but I wish I could get out to become active in politics, a field which I\’m new but heavily involved in.

    Thanks for keeping it real and being true to yourself.

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  19. I struggle to understand how some Americans think, dont get me wrong its a great country with many great things to offer, as a foregin student I had a great time over there and I had the chance to grow as a person and form many good friendships with people of different races and backgrounds.

    However what I fail to understand is how people view American involvement abroad as a heroic act, I understand if you were being invaded or attacked and you then show apprecaition for those fighting for you, but to show apprecaition for those who are killing people to steal their oil or to displace governments who oppose ur ecnomic imperalism such as latin american countries in the 1980\’s is mind boggling, the soldiers u speak off started a war in Iraq that has killed almost half a million people how you can be proud of them and pray for them is beyond me. It is these soldiers right and duty to refuse to fight in an unjust war , if they do they should be respected and apprecaited but to sign along to rape countries of their natural resources should be condemned not praised.

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  20. 17. You already do more than most people. A neighbor across the street was a Marine that got deployed to Iraq. He emailed you asking for some Mavs games on video.

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  21. Mark ~

    I am planning to donate artwork to raise money for Fallen Patriot Fund.

    Like to do some Mav\’s things and can probably raise a lot of money if some players might sign things.

    Hope to chat one day.

    Creative Regards

    Erik

    http://www.eriktheartist.com

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  22. Mr. Cuban,

    For the past couple of days, I\’ve been thinking about this war that we are engaged in and how has it affected my life. I realized that I hasn\’t. I mean, I am doing the same things today that I was doing seven years ago, and I began to feel guilty.

    Guilty, because so many men, women, and children\’s lives have been changed because of the events of September 11th, 2001 and for the majority of us, life just goes on. I\’m not just thinking about Americans, but around the globe.

    So, I sat down in an attempt to figure out why this \”war\” is so different from the others. Why aren\’t we, as Americans, galvanized in one direction or another? Why are we letting the \”Fight on Terror\” just happen to us? How long is this going to go on? So many questions that just don\’t have any answers.

    I googled \’blog\’ and yours was the first name I recognized. Last year, my Mother sat next you at an AAU tournament and found you to be charming, so I clicked you.

    Your words touched my heart and I am compelled to do something. I don\’t know what, but I know that I have to become a part of the conversation. It\’s going to take more than sending care packages at Christmas or sending Girl Scout cookies.

    Thanks for being here with the right words at the right time.

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  23. How about using your stature to start demanding that the military be pulled out of every country in the world in which they are based? Protecting our freedom? From what exactly? All they\’re doing is fattening the pockets of the rich. Supporting the military is supporting the oppression of millions.

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  24. Mark,

    I would like to suggest if you may, that, for the 2007-2008 NBA season, the Mavs should wear something (printed on their uniform) that could remind and honor the soldiers fighting overseas. This will be a good tribute to the men & women in uniform. Their sacrifice are never forgotten.

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  25. Mark, you know we still are a very charitable country… see story below

    http://dealarchitect.typepad.com/deal_architect/2007/09/an-american-her.html

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  26. What is the worst that happens? You fall flat on your face on national TV? Then you will have one hell of as story to tell won\’t you! http://www.herseyvarmis.com

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  27. I think the donation of money is very important, But I think that time is much more important. I have a brother who is quite ill and the amount of people (family and friends) who have \”stepped up\” to help is amazing. I know he is greatfull for all the support

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  28. You could certainly help them and their families by not getting them engage in to wars with nations whose majority population is surving upder $1/day and there is massive lack of education, \’cause without education and with poverty human beings are likely to do vicious activities which shouldn\’t reflect to their faith…..www.partnershipwalk.org a link to the Aga Khan Foundation supported by big names like \”USDA\” \”Ford Foundation\” \”Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation\” \”Rockafeller Foundation\” \”European Commission\”\”Johnson & Johnson\” just to name few. Come join the Partnership Walk in 5 cities accross America incl. Dallas on October 14th and help us eleviate the poverty and bring stability in our global world!

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  29. I retired from the Air Force in 1997 after 20 years of service. As a vet, I think one of the biggest things people can do is acknowledge the service of those in the military. It is amazing what a cheer and/or a thank you can mean to those who are returning home or about to depart.

    I also find it interesting the members of the military family who respond in this blog do not list options such as \”bring them home\”, \”don\’t start stupid wars\”, etc, as a means of supporting the troops. If you TRULY want to support the troops (and not your own personal agendas) move past party politics and understand that a divided home front emboldens the enemy abroad. It appears we, as a country, have failed to learn one of the biggest lessons available from Viet Nam.

    Whether you agree with the war or not, it is reality. The debate in this country should revolve around how to best prosecute the war and reach a viable way to end it; it should not be focused on how fast we can turn tail and run.

    Whether you agree with the war or not, understand that the enemy has the patience to wait you out, to wait until you people who think bringing the troops home somehow honors them become more and more vocal until you prevail. Their goals are long term and their commitment is remarkable. Understand that your desire to show the US has no such commitment weakens our troops fighting abroad and makes their job much more difficult; it does not honor them.

    It is easy to say \”bring them home\” so we can get back to relaxing in our spas, sipping our margaritas, and maipulating our stocks to lead the good life with a \”clear\” conscience. But, if you examine our nation\’s history, you will find we are what we are today, we have what we have today and we will keep such things tomorrow if, and only if, we realize that the greatness of our nation was obtained through sacrifice, not personal pleasure. It was obtained and can only be maintained by placing country above self.

    The volunteers in our miltary forces understand that sacrifice and commitment. I wonder how many of those crying \”bring them home\” do.

    To all members of the military reading the blog, I salute you. Finish the job with honor and come home safe. Overlook the naysayers and take heart in the knowledge most of us want you to succeed.

    Charlie Mike

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  30. The Loved and Lost on the way to the Last Post

    Christopher, Gloria, Fernando, Dustin, Ed, Jeanette, Joseph, Joshua, Eric, Minhee, Tung, Bobby, Jennifer, Travis, Jason, Steven, Scott, David, Theodore, Luke, Nicholas, Felipe, Jesus, David, Theodore, Matthew, Yari, Cody, Reece, Mario, Edwardo, Andrew … and on and on and on.

    Fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, wives, husbands, cousins, nephews, nieces, all.

    Not by Accident

    They passed on not by accident, not by bodily deterioration brought on by the mean ravages of time, but because they had a special job.

    A job that ended a too-brief sojourn on this blue-green magical wonder called earth.

    A job they chose.

    So costly a sacrifice

    They were American soldiers.

    A step ahead, a step behind, a blink of the eye at the wrong time, and … then it was over.

    But What does this mean to our life?

    \”It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

    It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

    It is the little shadow that runs across the grass

    and loses itself in the sunset.\” – Crowfoot, Native American Blackfoot warrior and orator

    The fleeting flash of a firefly in the night gone.

    But not.

    Their undiminishable light echoes eternally throughout the music of the spheres like heavenly bagpipes playing Amazing Grace across the unfathomable unknowable on their way to The Last Post.

    Who were these fireflies in the night? Who were these shadows that ran across the grass riding a Sonata of Moonlight, on an Ode to Joy to living, giving and life?

    Christopher, Gloria, Fernando, Dustin, Ed, Jeanette, Joseph, Joshua, Eric, Minhee, Tung, Bobby, Jennifer, Travis, Jason, Steven, Scott, David, Theodore, Luke, Nicholas, Felipe, Jesus, David, Theodore, Matthew, Yari, Cody, Reece, Mario, Edwardo, Andrew … and on and on and on.

    Fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, wives, husbands, cousins, nephews, nieces, all.

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  31. HOOP DREAMS filmmaker Frederick Marx here… I know what I\’m doing. I\’m helping returning vets get the healing they need. To make life workable and safe not only for them but for their families, their co-workers, their communities… for all of us. It\’s the least they deserve. Check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6sWZo3qRRk

    http://www.vetsjourneyhome.org/index.html

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  32. I dont ever want to take for granted what I have, what my family has and how fortunate we are.

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  33. Many great men and women that are not longer here due to enforcement of other foreign nations policies. That is not honorable and that is not constitutional.

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  34. Mr. Cuban, you are cool as hell my friend! My dad is a veteran and I always try and think of companies I could start that could hire veterans, especially injured, to help them out. One day I hope our paths cross.

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  35. Mark,

    We should not count on the government to take care of everything. Sometime it takes the generosity of the common man to ensure that the needs of our brave warriors are addressed. Just because you may have more money than most Americans, that does not mean that you should bear a largely disproportionate amount of any needs that are addressed. The fact that you are financially fortunate means that you are in a good position to do your share, but also get the word out to enlist others to help. This is not your responsibility alone. We all share in it, and everyone\’s efforts are appreciated. You are patriotic, but just do what\’s manageable. Sometimes we try to bite off too much. Work to organize support just as we work to get donations. A balanced attack, if you will.

    http://www.WheelCipher.net

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  36. Don\’t start friggen wars with other countries…

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  37. I salute you Sir.

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  38. Mr. Cuban,
    I just read about your new movie with De Palma about the troops in Iraq that were convicted of rape and sentenced to a lifetime in prison. What they did is a disgrace. I do not think that making a movie about it is the best thing to do considering that the Al kida will use it as a recruitment tool to kill more Americans…..Bad move!!

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  39. The number one thing we can do is fight to bring them back home!!!

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  40. Well Mark I was listening to a right wing radio show host named john ziegler the other day. Guess who he had on as a guest? Yes you guessed it Ron Paul! Anyway they were talking about the troops and how they\’re stationed in countries around the world. John Ziegler had the nerve to say \”well its in our interest to to put our soilders overseas to protect oil\”.

    I think we need a change in foreign policy and get off oil.

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  41. I was just on the Mavs website and saw this and figured it tied in to this blog – so I took a snaphot of it which you can view @

    http://www.webdesignteks.com/images/mavs.png

    Thanks,

    James

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  42. More unmanned weapons. This is 2007, we really don\’t need humans on the front line. Other than that I say hire as many veterans as possible. They usually have a hard work ethic and the government supposedly pays their health care. It\’s a win-win.

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  43. The CBA\’s Great Falls Explorers have petitioned the city to become an \”America Supports You\” city by mayoral proclamation, and allow the Explorers to be the ambassadors of that designation as we play around the country.

    I\’m not only a US Army combat veteran, but I\’m the sales & marketing director for the Explorers, and it was important to me to have our team support those who allow us to entertain free Americans in a free society.

    Thanks for all you do, Mark.

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  44. mark – heard you on lex and terry today, fine job! your last question is wonderful. as a former army captain, i can tell you that it is the responsibility of the commander in chief (not the generals) to set the tone and delivery of warfare AND the support of the nation towards its troops. as a soldier, a general follows orders. that said, any warfare that is divisive in nature to the country carrying it out should be questioned, and the question should go to the commander in chief, not the hierarchy of soldiers. it is the policy of this war that is wrong, not the executed operations of the soldiers. if the commander-in-chief had taken the ill-got, but nevertheless opportune moment of 9/11 and united us when the whole world (save the fundamentalists) were on our side, we could have changed our consumption habits, sealed our borders, changed our trade agreements, truly hunted osama bin laden, and kept more fine american soldiers alive and ready for interests other than protecting haliburton (and the like) objectives. isn\’t it interesting that 50% of active duty registered voters support Ron Paul for President? (by the way, Dr. Paul actually showed up for his National Guard duty). That is leadership, and that is the most important thing we can provide our troops! It would be honorable to withdraw from Iraq…it is an unjust, illegal war. That said, it would be honorable to confront saudi arabia and pakistan and make a noticable mark in the capture of osama bin laden.

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  45. Great post, some great comments, and I\’d like to get in plug for Fisher House, an extraordinary organization dedicated to allowing badly injured veterans to recuperate in the company of their families.

    Some say we\’ll be a nation at war for decades. I hope we can find a different paradigm, but the smaller, quieter engagements that currently take place around the globe will only multiply. As our military has become smaller and less broadly representative of America, it\’s vital that we find a way to be in it together. It\’s devastating to hear sayings like: \”Marines are at war. America\’s at the mall.\” There will almost certainly be concrete proposals for some kind of universal national service program in the next few years. While the appeal is obvious, I find myself conflicted for several reasons, but mostly because I feel it would diminish the unique risk and the sacrifice involved in war fighting. I\’d be especially interested in what your active and retired military readers think.

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  46. Mark, I am a big Mavs fan and use to be a fan of yours. If you love our troops and your country why would you finance a movie that will do so much harm to our soldiers and our country? The actions taken by extremists after seeing an American soldier rape an Arab will be on your head.

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  47. Vote.

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  48. Well, stop voting in idiots that reinforce foreign policies that have alienated a large part of the rest of the world. More thinking and talking, less shooting and bombing. You should be flipping hamburgers and giving Budweisers to the Middle East, not raping and pillaging.

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  49. The more I know about you, the more I like you. In my life I strive for a level of authenticity that you demonstrate in all the affairs that I am aware of. As a teacher I feel as though I would want my kids to learn more about you: visionary, entrepreneur, philanthropist, movie producer, sports franchise owner, CARING HUMAN BEING.

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  50. My son just became a father 2 months ago. Next month he leaves for Iraq. My son-in-law became a father 4 months ago. He is in Korea.

    What do they want? Letters. packages. The same thing that veterans have always wanted in each war we have been in.

    I want answers too…until I get them…I just support them.

    Comment by Kristine -

  51. By giving thanks for all that is good, by giving thanks to those who are responsible for our freedoms, simply by putting your thoughts in this positive direction, you have created a great deal of energy flowing in the direction that needs attention. I bet there are some people reading this thread that will write a letter to a soldier. If we can each give ourselves to a soldier in the form of a thank you letter, we will have positively helped.

    Comment by Bob Wegener -

  52. It seems that many people are lost in the politics of this topic. While all of us agree we should support our troops in the field, we differ on how best to achieve this. Is it to bring them home, as some suggest or is it to give money, time, energy to support as many troops as we can?

    Lets take a closer look at the \”bring our troops home\” option. First, people are mainly talking about Iraq and not Afganistan, so we will omit argument concerning Afganistan. People who are in favor of this alternative cite that we have lost thousands of troops in Iraq that are US citizens and mainly young adults at that. This is a true fact. The assumption is that we are going to lose thousands of more lives if we stay. A reasonable assumption. Thus, they draw the conclusion this is a good thing and we should follow this opinion. Opponents of this conclusion do not say that we will not lose thousands of lives, but say the consequenses outweigh the loss of life.

    It is my opinion that both sides are lacking, one side says we will lose lives, the other side cites \”consequenses\” of our actions outweigh. We have to just accept that consequenses are too high? -Hogwash. I think we would all agree that if we found that 2000 lives would be lost if we stay in Iraq and 4000 american lives would be lost if we go, the decision then becomes easy and we could agree.

    First, we can all agree that in the last couple of months we have been losing about 100 troops a month (my guess-not verified by any data points). Thus if we keep troops there, we will lose about 1500 a year.

    What about the other side? If we pulled out all troops today, what would be the consequences? Well, after listening to General Pet— report to congress yesterday, it seems highly likely that Iraq would fall into civil war. Most likely thousands of Iraqis would die (they are not included in the data points above, and are taking casulties every day as well). We would also have some American casulties, but I doubt in significant numbers. Secondly, it would be prudent to expect most of the iraqi people would have disdain for the US. After all, we send troops to topple their corrupt government, and leave them no better off. Third, the rest of the world would see the US in a less favorable light because we made a mess of a country then just left it. It would be extremely difficult for us to raise a consortium of countries to apply force in the future. Some have said it would raise the possibilities of terrorist attack in the US. This could be true and considered a possibility, but not necessarily a given. I think it is reasonable to say that a government that is severely unfavorable to the US would develop in Iraq for many years to come. Another consequence that would occur is increased oil prices. With Iraq on a non-friendly list, our external options for oil do decrease. Venesuela our largest oil importer is becoming more hostile toward the US every day. If it was just the price of oil being affected, I would not mention it here, but as oil prices increase, our wealth as a country decreases in relative value. This means less political pressure we can put on other countries in the future (such as North Korea). Would Iraq become a political state similar to Iran? How would this effect the Israel and Palestinian conflict? How many American lives will be lost due to these consequences? It could be none, it could be thousands and thousands for generations to come?

    Your conclusions may be different than mine, but I think we all owe it to our troops to consider the situation thoroughly instead of listening to the pablum being spouted by our elected leaders on all sides.

    How can we best support our troops? By taking the time to investigate the situation for ourselves and make the best informed decisions on whether we need them there.

    I do have one other thing to say, if we do decide we need them there, lets all please agree to equip them with the best equipment and training possible. You can\’t tell me that there isn\’t an engineering group out there that can\’t figure out a method of detecting IUD\’s prior to our troops being exposed. If we are going to stay, let\’s develop this equipment and get it in the field.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this!

    Comment by Wes -

  53. Mark, I\’m not sure I can give an answer without writing for a couple of hours, but I\’m glad you ask the question. It has troubled me for thirty years that some people believe the only way to \”serve\” the country is to fight and die in a war. Support the war or not, I know plenty of people serve the country (and can give something: time, prayers, concern, etc. to those whose service may cost them and their families their lives.
    Peace by yours wherever you go!

    Comment by Michael Morris -

  54. - Thanks for supporting our troops.

    Comment by Paintless dent repair tools -

  55. Freedom is a word that the protected will never fully understand. I am married with a 7 year old son who i have known for 4 years of his life, and a daughter who is 1 and i\’ve known her for 4 months all due to 4 deployments and various injuries in multiple combat zones. I\’m not asking for sympathy but if you really want to make a soldiers day, just say thank you. I\’m am a proud father, husband, and soldier and i will continue to risk my life as well as the lives of the troops I lead into harms way to secure our country\’s freedom. I am a die hard MAVERICKS fan and the best way to thank me, Mark Cuban, WIN A TITLE. My son and I would enjoy that. For everyone else, sleep well and know that you are worth fighting for to keep you safe. GO MAVS!!!!!!!

    Comment by SGT KIMES/ US ARMY (AIRBORNE) -

  56. \”10. Your blog is not going to change anything.

    Therefore, rants on your blog don\’t count as support.\”

    Ugh. \”Support\” does not in ANY way denote \”change\”.
    Therefore, your comment is nonsensical and meaningless.

    Further, I\’m not sure that the main intention of this entry was to \”count as support\” anyways (despite the fact that, at least for readers of even mild comprehension, it obviously makes supportive statements; perhaps you missed those). Mark certainly doesn\’t state or imply that the intention of this post was to support anyone, so I\’m confused about how the fact that he, in your estimation, failed to do so is somehow problematic.

    Please learn how to read and comprehend at a level that approaches that of the author before attempting to criticize his work. Failing that, have a friend or coworker check your responses to blog posts to make certain that the point that you are trying to make reflects the actual content of the post, conveys meaning with words whose definitions correspond with your intentions, and follows basic logic and critical thinking principles.

    Comment by Mike -

  57. @posts related to Redacted

    What about movies such as The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Hamburger Hill, Full Metal Jacket, Courage Under Fire, Saving Private Ryan, Tears of the Sun and the list goes on and on. All have brought some sort of criticism. Do you think the scenes in any of these movies caused any kind of violent outrage in our enemies? What about Passion of the Christ – not an actual \”war\” movie per se but pretty much the same type of criticism. I am a veteran that volunteered for three tours in the Persian Gulf War in the early 90\’s as well as the Somalia Incident and have been at war have confronted our enemies. In doing so my question is: Does everyone honestly believe that a movie (or a scene in a movie) is going to piss these people off? These people have been pissed off for centuries – they hate Americans – they will kill any of us (man, woman or child) for any reason. I say all of this not because I am promoting Redacted but to say that war movies have been around for every war we have ever had and they depict the violence that goes along with war – you choose if you wish to go see it or not – why do you get that choice? Because people such as myself who are veterans and others who are currently serving our GREAT country VOLUNTEER and put our lives on the line so that you may sit over here and bitch and complain as to whether or not a scene in a movie may cause an outrage in our enemy. You \”bitchers\” have NO CLUE! If you want a clue – go down to your local recruiter and sign up to the Branch of Service of your choice and then go experience what war is really like outside of the movies, go see the riots that are caused as you are entering their country, go see what it is like of not knowing when the enemy is going to try and kill you and then you will see how much you appreciate the freedom you have to bitch in this blog!

    Comment by James -

  58. Mark,

    I think you are an amazing business man, I watch you recently on Leno, which is backdated as I am here in Scotland, I would love to chat to you about your HD Cable business, would you be able to contact me? robbie.ferguson@yahoo.com

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards

    Robbie

    Comment by Robbie -

  59. I think the way to honor them is to quit taking advantage of their gullibility and bring the boys (and girls) back home. We must end the era of military adventurism that began with the end of WWII and take care of ourselves. Frankly, Iraq is of little significance, except to profiteers who know that if they can keep suckering Americans into supporting their nasty conflict, then Halliburton and their ilk will continue to reap fat profits. Do you think a rich person really cares that many Americans lose life and limb for this exercise in theft, let alone the poor Iraqis who are barely out of the Middle Ages? No no no…if we really want to help the soldiers, it\’s time for some perspective before America is reduced to 3rd world status.

    Comment by Thomas -

  60. Mr. Cuban,
    This is Justin, I am a disabled veteran and I have a great idea. Please contact me when you have the opportunity. Thanks again for your time.

    Justin

    Comment by Justin -

  61. Mark, I\’ve written you a letter at my site:

    http://kristinjhand.com

    Thanks!

    Comment by Kristin -

  62. I think we need more citizen concern, comment and involvement. We have become a country ruled by the few for the good of the few. But that is very unlikely to happen as we are victims of our own success. We, as a society are too fat and happy to care about a relatively few people a long way away. So, a few guys get together and decide to do something stupid that effects us all and not enough people do or say anything until it is too late. We are a country in decline. Very sad.

    Comment by Sara -

  63. No matter how much we do, there is always more we can do. Mark, you are a champion.

    My suggestion is to have our appreciation shown even more – whether through HDNet or some other medium. Money is not enough – But it helps. Appreciations is not enough – but it too helps.

    I don\’t believe that we\’re all in the right for being in this war, but as an American citizen, I stand behind my government. I will not create a war at home to end the war overseas.

    I am a believer that God is watching over us and that everything that happens independently of our will is inevitably for the best.

    Long story short: I love and appreciate and respect our men and women who serve to make our home safe. I wish I could share that with each and everyone of them and their families.

    Comment by Bee -

  64. I think what you\’ve done so far is more than most. I always thought that if I had the money or time I would start a program for soldiers coming home that helped them get reacquainted with their spouses. It could be a long weekend or a week vacation at a nice hotel or any destination ideal for putting the \”spark\” back. I realize that tours are long and it may take longer for most; its really about them being able to focus on re-strengthening their relationship. That way they feel like \”partners\” and have the support to be better mothers, fathers, and citizens. I\’m not religious or anything, I just think that a good relationship is a great foundation for most to build on; especially those who have seen the horrors of war. Any thoughts?

    Comment by Andy P -

  65. I take back everything I\’ve ever said about your blog, Mark! ;-)

    I\’d love to figure out a way to help the families left behind. Mostly the children. They miss their parents, the spouse left behind is shorthanded, and it can really become a mess. And then there\’s the underlying fear that it will always stay this way, if their soldier-father/mother doesn\’t come home.

    I\’ve heard that military bases provide a lot of activities and support for kids, but what about those not on a base?

    I have to admit, my only connection to anyone in service right now is my cousin, who is single. I have no idea how to start this, or what the right scope should be. Ideas?

    Comment by Christy -

  66. Maybe start by not voting for the warmongering Republicans?

    Comment by Diego -

  67. September 11th, 2001.

    NEVER FORGET.

    http://www.fdnylodd.com/BloodofHeroes.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jagSxxXiP8A

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpLyZLV4t_I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USMGOy6ygDg

    Comment by Glen Wilson -

  68. Hey Mark:

    You asked: \”What Can I Do to Help Those Who are Serving our Country?\”

    I am surprised that you need to be told that!

    How about if you begin by donating $100,000,000 to the families of the soldiers fighting in Iraq?

    How about actually visiting them in Iraq?

    That would mean so much to them.

    Stop asking and start doing.

    Comment by secret33.com, (On What Can I Do to Help Those Who are Serving our Country) -

  69. What could you do to help the Troops?

    Quit financing films like REDACTED that bad-mouth them.

    I suspect that all of your recent flag-waving is because you know what a mistake you made financing this film. And I know that you will \”redact\” this comment as you have done others on this subject.

    Comment by Bill MIllan -

  70. Every night I pray that those who are serving our country come home safe. There is too much selfishness and dishonor in life today and the nobility of folks seems to be dimishing. Mark, I wish there were more people like you in the world it would be a much better place.

    Comment by Jillian -

  71. get educated. not only about 911 truth, but about jfk, rfk, mkultra, project paperclip, operation mockingbird, operation ajax…..the whole hidden history. there will be those who mockingly sit around saying \”conspiracy theorist\” as if those words alone change reality. regrettably, they do not.

    education will change your perspective. it will give you the truth that sets you free. and it is ultimately what makes the internet very exciting and so revolutionary.

    regardless of what you decide, thanks for at least caring. too many idiots dont care and dont understand the consequences of not caring. so thanks for not being one of them.

    Comment by kid mercury -

  72. I will send an email. I know of something really cool related to this.

    Comment by patricia -

  73. Give back by serving. I have asked this same question to myself many times. Nothing I\’ve done has ever made me feel satisfied, but since I\’m now serving myself, though not in the USMC or in the US Army but in the Texas State Guard, I\’ve felt proud and feel as though I\’m doing something in return.

    We are a group of volunteers who serve when called upon. Hurricanes and Natural Disasters are the most common deployment situations.

    http://www.gotxsg.com

    You could give back that way, without writing a check, and we only drill once a month, so you could take that weekend to get away from the craziness of life and better yourself as a person.

    Comment by Todd Johnston -

  74. Dear all,

    I am not American, but I have lived in the US, and I have shared my time (and life) with many US citizens.

    The USA is a great country, no doubt about that. But let me tell you what I think is the bad news: now it is not the same as it used to be. There are things in the USA that have changed significantly in the last decades. Sometimes because of bad administrations, other times simply because the World is a changing one.

    Let me illustrate it:

    a) According to Harvard\’s research. A European Union citizen is less dependant on his/her social class than an American to thrive in life. That is interesting fact that puts into context the famous American dream.

    b) A particularly interesting example is comparing US president with the French president. The first seems to have been born to be president, while the second is the son of a Hungarian emigrant. In Western Europe I could not found a country where political families were so marked as in the USA. The Kennedies, The Clintons, The Bushes, Have you ever reflected about it?

    c) 60 years ago US army saved the World -especially Europe- from the abyss of fascism. US Army was synonymous of liberation. Now it is not. Now US Army (please note I am not saying \”army officers\”) is a synonymous of troubles and increasing violence. I think Korea, Vietnam and Irak prove it. However Yugoslavia was an exception in my opinion. There the US tough Europeans how to solve end up a massacre that was happening right at our doors

    d) Few decades ago US citizens and media watched closely at what their politicians were doing. If something wrong was done (e.g. Watergate), pressures worked and officers were replaced. Now it seems their nothing wrong enough to replace officers.

    e) After WWII US GDP was roughly speaking- 50% of worlds GDP. Now many nations have thieved significantly and US GDP is about 20-25% of Worlds one.

    f) Among developed nations in the World, the US is one of the most (if not the most) religious one in the sense of God taking part in State institutions and politics. For many foreigners, it still shocking listening to a President talking about God. Most developed countries citizens believe religion is something private, not public. Our governants should not talk about God (nor sex for instance), but to work for us and deliver good highways, education, health, security, etc.

    g) China (among others, but most significantly) is a nuclear power. The nuclear last resource is not anything the US can rely on any longer.

    h) Japan and the EU are political and economical superpowers. And soon China and India will be. The US is no longer sole in those affairs and now it is more difficult to control the game (for example playing with the currency exchange, or setting trade agreements)

    i) The USA is one of the few (maybe the only one I think) developed nation who still execute people.

    j) The chances of being murdered in the USA are 10 times higher than in Spain, for instance.

    k) The USA is again- the only developed country with no universal health insurance for its citizens. I have not the figures here, but I recommend you compare life expectancy figures of Japan and EU countries with the US ones. Or cancer patients survival rates for instance.

    Those are probably the issues the founding fathers would address should they be alive today. That is patriotism. What patriotism should never be is a doctrine to keep people quiet and hide the real problems and mistakes in the country.

    I am not sure a soldier in Irak is actually serving the USA. But I am sure a free thinker is a real patriot, whether he/she is right or not.

    Comment by Francisco -

  75. Mark- I have nothing but admiration for the men and women who risk their lives, every day, in what they believe to be the cause of freedom. On the other hand, I have nothing but distain for those who would put these remarkable men and women in such peril… not for the cause of freedom, but for their own political purposes. Our forefathers knew better than to trust our elected leaders. That\’s why they gave us the gifts of \”checks and balances\” and freedom of the press. Sadly, the executive has steamrolled the other branches of government and the press has failed all too frequently in its duty as the fourth estate.

    Comment by Jon Gelberg -

  76. Don\’t start friggen wars with other countries…

    Comment by Daruku -

  77. You already do more than most people. A neighbor across the street was a Marine that got deployed to Iraq. He emailed you asking for some Mavs games on video.

    You sent him DVDs of some great Mavs wins. You support of our troops is one of the reasons that I\’m a Mavs Fan For Life, even though I just moved to Golden State territory.

    Comment by Omni Adams -

  78. The best way to honor them is to BRING THEM HOME from that shit-hole! Let them come back and actually enjoy the freedom they have fought to protect.

    Comment by Dinzer -

  79. @ Sarah Silverman #2 It also doesn\’t count as services rendered when your act sucked as bad as it did on MTV Awards, take the hate to your website. Mr. Cuban does a ton for our military and you are in no position to advise on what counts or doesn\’t count as support.

    Comment by David -

  80. Mark,
    We should honor them once a year besides the obvious days that have become holidays. It should be a national event like a live aid, farm aid etc. It should be called Military Aid 2008, 2009, 2010 etc and continue until if such a day comes that all military are home. It raises awareness, it raises money for these military families. The hotest bands and famous people donate time and it becomes cool to write a check. Only former and current military go to the events and people sacrifice until it hurts like those men and women do.

    Comment by David -

  81. i have a friend who is on his second tour in iraq. i asked myself this same question – what can i do to honor, serve, and help him? about a month ago, i organized a party in his honor. it was just a gathering of friends and family at a local bar. we signed and left messages on a big poster, held a 50/50 raffle to raise money to mail him things, and took a bunch of pictures. i think he was happy to have some extra mail sent his way, but just knowing that we care enough about him to have a party in his honor was what he appreciated the most. i can\’t wait to do it again when he returns.

    Comment by john amato -

  82. Not being American I am constantly amazed at the level of Patriotism that most Americans have. Even though people may not agree with the political decisions of their leaders, they still sign up and put their lives in danger, for their friends and family.

    Being a soldier is not necessarily a lifelong career. Many/most soldiers leave the military and enter civilian life after having given their country many of their most productive and valuable years. This sacrifice is not always rewarded in terms of respect, or a commensurate amount of sacrifice on part of the country. These men and women have given themselves so that the country as a whole can be safer and yet society almost abandons them when the uniform comes off.

    Is there a solution? I don\’t know. I do know that a better understanding of the situation of veterans is probably necessary before any answers can come out. Is this where Dan Rather Reports comes into it? Should Dan Rather look at the average veteran and see what sort of barriers he/she is up against when they return home? It is these barriers that need to be removed, be they social or economic, but they need to be understood before they can be removed.

    Time to put your money where your mouth is Mark. You may not be able to provide a solution, but you can at least help with the awareness.

    Comment by Donald Jessop -

  83. Whenever anyone asks me why I like you Mark, the first thing I always tell them is for the Fallen Patriot Fund. It is an honorable thing to help the families of those who have fought for this country.

    Comment by Rebeccalee Coventry -

  84. Your blog is not going to change anything.

    Therefore, rants on your blog don\’t count as support.

    If you want to really support the troops, contribute to the veterans\’ pension fund or something.

    http://www.sarah-silverman.com

    Comment by Sarah Silverman -

  85. Comment a friends myspace page with a 9/11 graphic! haha

    Have faith! If you cannot give goods to the troops – give them support with your words.

    Comment by Andy Samberg -

  86. Last week while I was waiting for a flight in the Atlanta airport, I saw a large group of soliders had just gotten off of their flight. As the group, numbering around 20 soldiers, walked through the hallways, other passengers in the airport began to cheer them. I followed the group pass a number of gates. Each time, the passengers waiting for their flights cheered the soldiers.
    What our brave men and women need more than anything is our respect.

    Comment by John Taras -

  87. @1:
    I too have witnessed this in Atlanta – it was last year. It was powerful, and respectful, and we were right near the soldiers as they passed by. Some of them didn\’t know where to look and were almost embarrased by it – it was touching to see their reaction.
    However, the real pain of the story was that we were on our way to our flight and 2 soldiers missed the line and were obviously running late. TSA made the stop, strip down practically – boots off, completely empty pockets etc. We had all moved out of the way for them and they had what appeared to be proper ID etc. I was beside myself that they were subject to all this.
    There is no common sense anymore, no practical application of the rules. Not only were they put thru all this to get thru security – we could only stand there and watch and they didn\’t know what to say to everyone that they were holding up.
    No matter what you want to say about the war – and I\’m not for it – to see these soldiers subjected to all of this was a clear reminder about what has been lost since 9/11. When do we regain our common sense about who, what and where the threats are?

    Comment by bromo98 -

  88. When serving in the USMC during the Vietnam era, it was clear that the general public had pity or disdain for soldiers. That has changed in the desert storm era, now everyone wants to celebrate, laud and cheer on soldiers. But it all could change again as the general public becomes wearied or opposed to continued conflict with an uncertain end.
    One thing most troublesome, for which the public could take on more responsibility, is the way soldiers are forgotten AFTER their service. Legions of veterans end up unemployed, disabled, troubled, divorced, antagonistic, etc., because there are so few easy passageways from military to civilian life. You don\’t go from being battle-ready to feeling civilian-cool overnight.

    The gov\’t and the service branches do a good job of taking care of soldiers, who still are soldiers. Civilians do very little to take care of civilians, who recently were soldiers.

    What you can do: create transition programs, skills assessments, job & educational placement hotspots, after-church or after-work support groups, etc. Show an ex-soldier that you care, and that you want them to make it in civilian life. When I wore a uniform, everyone wanted to buy me a drink, but as soon as I was discharged, no one offered much of anything. I was lucky, because I had skills and a great family to support me in making the transition – but lots and lots of soldiers don\’t have any support network when they hang up the uniform.

    Comment by Thomason -

  89. As a Marine who served in the Gulf War here three things that always left an impression on me when they occurred.

    Help – Recruit a soldier and make them a part of your family. A soldier can never have to many people caring for them.

    Honor – Say thank you to anyone you see wearing a United States Military uniform – not matter where you are. This one is simple, yet leaves a very lasting impression.

    Serve – Serve military personnel in ways that are out of the ordinary.

    God Bless America!

    Comment by Rob Hoch -

  90. Mark,

    Your statement that you wrote that you say before each game during the National Anthem really moved me.

    I joined the US Navy at the age of 18 and served for five years (1988-1993) I am now 37. In the early 90\’s going through the Persian Gulf War (doing 3 tours) and then the Somalia Incident. I served on the USS Wabash AOR-5 and we were the first Oiler class to ever go into the Persian Gulf. As a veteran of not only serving our GREAT country but also going through war I can say that, for me, I did not join the Navy to get rich, nor did I do it to get the medals I received, nor did I do it for recognition – I volunteered because I love America, I love my family and the freedom we have, I love the fact that I was able to choose to serve my country, and the fact that I am able to to freely go to a Mavs game (or any sporting event) and I would do it ALL again! So, for me, I don\’t need anyone\’s money or to be put on any pedestal because I served our GREAT country all I would ask from anyone is a simple Thank You to me or to anyone that has served, or is serving, our GREAT country!!! To me seeing the appreciation from someone by far outweighs any tangible items!!

    Thank yo for all you do SIR!

    James

    Comment by James -

  91. Mark, you are an amazing guy. Most people who have achieved big success think their their shit don\’t stink, and that they walk on water. It is refreshing to see someone who is humble, appreciates their success, and thinks of others more than themselves.

    The world needs more Mark Cubans.

    Comment by Don Dodge -

  92. By following the constitution. Staying out of foreign entanglements. Protecting OUR soverienty.

    Their lives and families are just as precious as every other citizen. What gives our \”leaders\” the right to squander those lives with bad foreign policy?

    Many great men and women that are not longer here due to enforcement of other foreign nations policies. That is not honorable and that is not constitutional.

    The government exist to protect our rights liberties and freedoms. And the military protects our soverienty.

    That\’s it. Anything else is dishonest and dishonerable.

    PS. Vote Ron Paul

    Comment by Jason Carrion -

  93. A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check
    made payable to \”The United States of America\”, for an amount of \”up to
    and including my life.\”

    That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no
    longer understand it.

    -Author unknown.

    Comment by Mary Clemente -

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