Letter: Justify reasons before going to war
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Some military deferments are OK in my book such as a family is ill, more than one child is in combat, extreme hardship on the family, about to graduate from college, and religious beliefs. I served on the Selective Service Board in Yakima. I was aware of deferments requested in that area. I personally made a choice to enlist for a six-year commitment in the U.S. Army rather than be drafted. If all of our troops that fight our wars could get out on deferments one way or another, then who would fight our wars?
I personally feel that war is a last resort, but some of our politicians make lots of money fighting wars. I also question the reasons why we are in war as one life isn’t worth the price of war if the reasoning isn’t justified.
I am proud to say that my family has stepped up and served in every war that our country has fought. My only son graduated from West Point and died while serving in the U.S. Army.