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Barack Obama’s National Service Plan: Thoughts from a Military Wife

I am not writing this to offend or hurt anyone. I’m not trying to start fights or arguments. I am merely sharing with you my experience and thoughts on an important issue facing our people today.

Message circulating about Obama’s “Universal Voluntary Public Service Plan” you can find the full plan on his website:

“Barack’s national service plan. Everyone from 6th grade thru retired senior citizens will be required to do a certain number of hours per year. You can not graduate from high school without performing the required 100 hours of service per year for high school. The service has to be in the government-sponsored programs listed.”

My thoughts:

This is inaccurate. The plan requires only 50 hours from high school and middle school students, and 100 hours from college students that would like to qualify for added tuition money. Much of society would not be required, but encouraged and rewarded for participating in programs meant to restore a spirit of service, teamwork, and cohesion among citizens of a torn nation.

Finally, a President is requiring sacrifice, patriotism, and service from the citizens of this country. In the times we live in, with constant war at home and abroad, natural disasters all over the world, and world leaders that threaten the very core of what we beleive in, it amazes me that we have been coddled by administrations requiring nothing from its citizens. Now, each of us has a chance to stand up and announce that we will ban together to make America what we have always dreamed it could be.

For the last five years, Charles has been in the military, a decision he made to find some purpose in his life and his career. He has spent almost two full years of that time away from our family. He has missed 3 of our 4 children learning to walk. He has missed almost every one of our anniversaries and many of the family birthdays. We now live in Germany, separated from our family, our friends, and all our familiar ways of life. Top it off, we are looking at him leaving again very soon, this time to fight for the freedoms that most Americans take for granted. And yet, through it all, Charles has found the purpose that he sought, the sense of accomplishment he needed, and a career that makes him proud of the work he does.

I have been disillusioned and disappointed by a country that is unwilling to help it’s own, a country with citizens more concerned about their own personal wants than the good of a community, and a government so detached from the people that it doesn’t know where to begin to deal with the many problems facing the common citizen. Finally, someone has brought hope to my heart. Hope that the sacrifices my family has made, along with so many other families, military and civilian alike, have not been made in vain. Hope that our country has a chance at being an ideal among other nations. And, hope that we can once again begin to ban together as a people to protect the freedoms, the way of life, and the ideals that we all hold so dear.

As Obama stated in his speech on Nov. 4, “This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we cant, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.”