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Yes, my son.
Close family friend - he is there right now.
I know a young man who fought and died, God rest his soul. Whatever I think of this war that young man is sorely missed by family and friends and is among our country's honored fallen heros.
yes - several of my son's high school friends joined the navy and one the marines after graduating. children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers of other acquaitances, as well.
i was angered to the core at those who suggested that my opposition to going to iraq (not afghanistan) indicated that i did not support these young men and women whom i cared deeply about.
Yes, more than one close relative. One came home from Iraq in December and will be going to Afghanistan probably early next year.
"War is a raquet. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A raquet is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes." Major General Smedley D.Butler, US Marine Corps, 1935 two time winner Congressional Medal of Honor.
I would also like to know how much the City of Lawrence spent on having over 20 law enforcement officers positioned to "control" the demonstrators...the only rowdy person there was a motorcyclist standing in solidarity with the recruiters who kept his motor reving...breaking the noise ordinance while the police paid no attention to him?
One more thing...it is not the people who oppose the war who dishonor the troops...it is the policy makers and profiteers who send them off to fight a war ill-equipped, ill-prepared, extend their tours, expose them to depleted uranium and do not take care of them when they come home wounded and/or sick.. Where's the support from the profiteers of this fiasco?
Yes. Our neighbors' son is on his third tour of duty in northern Iraq. He travels with an intelligence unit, is a medic and also trains the Iraqi soldiers. His family, friends and my husband and I are very proud of him. We all pray he returns safe and sound, as well as all of the other men and women serving in the military around the world.
Yes, several, but only three from Lawrence.
Revised: five from Lawrence. One is national guard, the others enlisted full time.
And the husband of a close friend just enlisted in the Marines, hoping he will go to Iraq.
Clarification again: the man who enlisted in the Marines did so, hoping to go to Iraq.
No I don't but I think of the soldiers everyday.
I had a friend who I pretty much grew up with who joined the Marines and became a helicopter mechanic. Back in March 2006, he and a pilot were doing a maintenance flight when, for whatever reason, the helicopter failed. It crashed into a lake and both of them were killed. Of course, Phelps showed up at the funeral, as did the guys on Harleys. I also know a guy I went to school with who was an officer in some prison in Iraq.
Yes My Nephew and his wife are both in the same Army unit and getting ready to head back to Iraq for the second time.
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