Yes, I agree about the localized cultural aspects, but another reason for the disproportionate numbers of southern-origin military is the general lack of paying jobs in the south, just as in inner cities, whereupon the military becomes a viable option in contrast to the rest of the country. In some contrast to an allegation in this article concerning “it’s not just poverty,” military recruiting therefore has historically targeted the South and inner cities. Likewise, military chaplains are largely from southern evangelical schools, which also fits the profile as presented in this article… roughly 80% the last I saw… which creates more problems when they attempt to “convert” military members of other faiths or ‘independents.’ So, we also have DoD recruiting taking advantage of social and economic conditions to “target” the South for recruits, in addition to and supported by, the factors highlighted in this article. ~ Don Chapin
This sequence of images give us a glimpse of a day in the life of a soldier. The captions reveal how hard it is to deal with people’s petty concerns and the disregard of politicians when they return home from active duty.
The last days of Tomas Young, including his letter “A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran,” whose ordeal inspired the book and movie “Body of War.” Young’s final eight months, Cuellar [his wife] said, were often “hopeless and humiliating.” He died in agony, having had pain medication cut down to useless levels by the VA’s doctors. It is an old story. It is the story of war. Two days after the 9/11 attacks, Young enlisted in the Army, hoping he would be sent to fight in Afghanistan. He was seduced by jingoism and calls for a crusade against evil that he eventually came to realize were a mask for lies and deceit. He became a voice for other young people who bore the physical and emotional scars of war. He became our conscience. He spoke a truth about war, a truth many do not want to hear. And he condemned our war criminals and demanded justice. This post includes his letter “A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran,” whose ordeal inspired the book and movie “Body of War” as well as a downloadable pdf of the entire article you can read at your convenience or share.
They’re getting desperate