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The price of freedom should be borne by all, rich or poor. I learned this first hand as a United States Army Recruiter and a volunteer soldier who fought in two wars representing my country. As a military recruiter from 1971 to 1991, I was tasked with soliciting men and women who were high school graduates to enlist into the United States Army. Often times I would call a home to speak to a graduate about joining the army, and a mother would answer; I would tell her the purpose of my call, and often times her answer would be “not my son”! I would often replay, “well mam, if not your son, then whose son”! I very seldom got an answer but I often wondered if I could read her mind, would she be thinking about whether I should be contacting those young men across town she saw hanging out on a street corner at all hours. Was she thinking that those young men from their low income neighborhood should be the ones that pay the ultimate price of freedom?
Would the consideration of my solicitation been a little easier had her son and those young men across town been subject to military conscrip…