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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jose Lachapel
"As a former Marine, I think all this over-the-top stuff is superficial and, in many regards, an insult to the troops," said the 48-year-old Mark Cunningham, a former combat engineer who served in Operation Desert Storm. "Wearing camouflage football uniforms and sticking flags everywhere does not mean that you understand what any Marine, sailor, airman or soldier has experienced in war or in garrison during peacetime."
"Both private and public entities have jumped on the support-our-troops bandwagon. Colleges and sports teams that go overboard with the salute to the troops are doing it for economic reasons — sponsors, TV, etc.," said Lachapel, who retired from the Army Corps of Engineers after 23 years, including a one-year tour in the Middle East, and now serves as a project manager for the Social Security Administration. "Donate tickets to lower enlisted, donate to armed services charities like USO and official services charities, but the rest are started and are still in it for the money and continue to ride the tidal wave of military patriotism nationwide."