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Lawrence soldier talks about why he joined

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¢ Aaron Emerson of Lawrence, a specialist in the Army, is profiled in a [Reuters][1] story about Americans who are choosing to join the military to fight an unpopular war in Iraq.![][2]"I begged and cried and pleaded for him not to join," said Misty Emerson, his mother, fingering a peace symbol of pink rhinestones on a necklace. "He is going to be so far away, for so long. And he'll be in danger."Emerson, 25, joins the ranks of mostly anonymous young Americans who are pushing aside jobs and families for a cause that many Americans now question.His background as a low-income, small-town son of a single mother puts him in the core demographic of the tens of thousands of young Americans sent to Iraq. [1]: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N26289744.htm [2]: http://www.alertnet.org/thefacts/imagerepository/RTRPICT/2007-06-27T002947Z_01_WAS50_RTRIDSP_2_USA-IRAQ-FAREWELL_mainimage.jpg

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