The following story appeared in Sunday's Washington Post. While we don't know this soldier personally, we have seen him around and thought his story was worth sharing.
There are several aspects of this story that are worth discussion, but the angle about the disconnect between the military/the war and the rest of our society is interesting. I have always liked the fact that we now have a volunteer military; however, as noted in the article, I didn't realize that this is part of the reason for the disconnect. In other times and wars where we had a draft, almost everyone knew someone; almost everyone had a friend or family member serving and therefore, everyone had a stake in the war. I wonder how things might be different if this were the case now.