[Ed. – From jock to celebrity overnight. Sales of his team jersey are through the roof, and suddenly here is intense interest in speeches Alejandro Villanueva has given. This one is from Aug. 23.]
As cadets at West Point, we are taught that our word is our bond. If you say you are going to do something, you follow through because sooner or later lives will depend on it. The same should hold true for our country. If America gives its word to help those who share the burden of battle, we should honor that promise, or we risk losing all credibility with current as well as future allies.
Ask any American veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he or she will tell you that the interpreters who served shoulder to shoulder with us are veterans and should be treated as such. These Iraqi and Afghan interpreters put their lives on the line in support of U.S. combat missions. Their service and sacrifice saved countless American lives. Now, it is time for our nation to keep up its end of the bargain and fulfill our promise to these brave men and women and their families.