(WTVM) - As 2014 begins, so does the countdown to the withdrawal of us troops from Afghanistan.
This comes at a time when support for the war in Afghanistan is at its lowest point ever. A recent CNN poll shows only 17 percent of those surveyed support the war. This is down from the 52 percent who supported it in December of 2008.
The polls show that opposition to the war now stands at 82 percent. This is a higher number than Americans ever expressed against the Vietnam War or the War in Iraq.
Still, polls don't matter to the families of soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. They know their loved ones are doing their patriotic duty.
Just last October, two Rangers from Fort Benning died in a suicide bomb attack near Kandahar, and once again the reality of war came crashing home.
No opinion poll can measure the deep sacrifices made by military families.
The war should remind us to focus on what is really important to our local soldiers and their families.
Support them every way we can. Thank them for their service. Volunteer to help families left behind. Make donations to family support groups at Fort Benning.
In short, do everything we can to make sure every soldier knows we will always have their back no matter what the polls say.
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