I am a veteran. Let me qualify that statement. I took my first enlistment oath in 1959 and served honorably for the next 10 years (two years Reserve and eight years active duty). I remember “To protect against all enemies foreign and domestic, so help me God.” I long ago put away my uniforms and worked as a civilian the remainder of my working life. But I did not put away that oath and still hold it sacred.
I do not, nor do I suspect does any other veteran, want politicos speaking for me or theorizing what I might have thought had I paid the ultimate price. I certainly would not have appreciated those who did not serve doing so. Except maybe those loved ones left behind.
What do those who wish to express liberal or conservative views know? Did they endure basic training? Did they drop and give the D.I. (drill instructor) 20 pushups? Did they pull K.P. duty and feel alone in a far-away place at Christmas? Sitting in a classroom and taking notes from well-indoctrinated liberal professors or joining in protests does not qualify a person to speak for anyone and I wish MDJ columnist Kevin Foley (“An apology to Pvt. Parman,” Oct. 11 MDJ) and his kind would bear that in mind.
Pvt. David Parman took that same oath, died for his country to keep it safe and strong and paid the ultimate price for doing so. He has spoken for himself. Nothing else need be added. What price has Foley or those like him paid? Better yet, what price are they willing to pay?