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By Kathy Roth-Douquet

In the USA, it really is more and more the case that the folks who make, aid, or protest army coverage don't have any army adventure. As Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer assert during this groundbreaking paintings, the space among the "all-volunteer army" and the remainder of us is widening, and our kingdom faces a perilous lack of knowledge among these in strength and those that protect our approach of life.

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Nick Rosenthal, “ROTC, You Are (Still) Not Wanted Here,” Columbia Spectator, February 16, 2005. “NOT FOR PEOPLE LIKE US” ✯ 49 Yale, and an imposing middle-aged man with fierce white hair came up afterward to ask me where I got the nerve to support a president who sends young soldiers to their deaths? ) . . A 17-year-old boy tried to explain to the white-haired man (in his straightforward, soft-spoken way) that those soldiers had chosen to be where they were; had understood and accepted the dangers; loved life just as much as the man did, but had different ideas about how to live it.

Mindy is a psychotherapist and not what people might picture as a typical military parent. Mark was her only child. In September of 2005, several years after Mark was killed, Frank asked Mindy for the details surrounding her son’s death. In answer Mindy wrote: This [answering Frank’s question] has been much harder to do than I realized. I went back to look at some of the material that I had about Mark and his death, and saw that the story is always slightly different in each account. I know it doesn’t matter, but I got stuck on that for a while, and then spent a couple of hours rereading articles and letters that I hadn’t looked at in a long time.

And it seems privileged folks want to keep it that way. They have consciously or unconsciously done all they can to avoid having anyone close to them become a member of the military. Private high schools and many of our leading colleges are hostile to military recruiters or have banned them and organizations like the ROTC (or JROTC) altogether from their campuses. And speaking anecdotally, the majority of the people we have run across who are not connected to the military already, who are making good money or are involved in opinion making or in academia, the media or in policy work, flinch at the suggestion that their children serve.

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