When my daughter was a teenager I did everything in my power to encourage her to join the military.
And she did. Sort of.
A military recruiter signer her up. At some point, after my daughter turned 18, she managed to get out of it. Evidently she changed her mind. She'd signed up at age 16 but wasn't scheduled to leave until after she graduated from high school.
I was so very disappointed when she got out of it. I can't tell you how proud I would have been of her. As it is I suppose she's done okay with her life; she's a wife and a mother and this is important. It also could be that she just didn't think she was cut out for the military and I suppose she's not.
Whatever, whatever, the point is, and this is just me, but I would NEVER, EVER have been ashamed of a military child and I daresay no proud parent would be.
I've asked, over and over again, many people of my acquaintance who have children that they are a bit disappointed in how they would feel if that recalcitrant and unruly child were to be in the military. How would they feel to see him or her all dressed up in their uniform, to know that they endure the most rigorous of training, that they learn a skill, that they exhibit a bravery I cannot comprehend.
All of them, and yes this is anecdotal, but all of them perk up and respond that they could not tell you how proud they would be of that child.
I'd softly suggest that this is a prevailing American wisdom out here in la-la land. Americans are very proud of their military children. As well they should be.
John Haughty Kerry really did dirty with his comment and go to hell his first response made the whole thing even worse. When you kick the mighty American Middle Class in the teeth you do the very worst thing a politico can do.
Forget the homosexual contingent, forget Hollywood, forget the so-called poor, it's the Middle Class that carries this country on its back and it's the Middle Class that raises the citizens and soldiers to man our army. It's the Middle Class that ELECTS the politicians.
What Kerry can't get beyond is that at one time the military was viewed with an undeserved disdain. This was during the Vietnam and I shamefully admit that I mine own wise self was a liberal nutjob who mocked the troops.
But that military was DRAFTED. It makes all the difference in the world. Of course, now years later, I am so shocked to realize that the vilification of our military during the Vietnam era was all a dramatic show and the entire drama was for the benefit of us minions who thought it was true.
The repercussions of this Kerry statement will be felt through the 2008 election.
One can do a lot worse than join the military.
It has been a great career.
I am finding young teens don't know what they are going to wear the next day - much less make a life decision. :o) Sounds like yours turned out ok.
I knew so many guys who went to VN that I knew that was all BS that the left was claiming they all were. I despised the left then and despise them even more today.