Friday, August 05, 2005


To the Editor:

Bob Herbert's touching column about Specialist Fourth Class Hugo Luis Gonzalez, a maimed Iraqi war veteran, hit me especially hard ("Forget the War? Many Can't," Aug. 4).

I spent last weekend at a Silver Springs, Md., hotel near Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There, on Sunday morning, I helped a young wife wheel her legless husband into the elevator, then the dining room. He dandled a pretty 2-year-old on what remained of his lap. Another tiny beauty clutched the wheelchair, trying to help.

As we entered the dining room, we saw 10 or 12 cheery young men and women about to be seated. When the amputee rolled into view, he waved to the group. Only one of the group waved back. Another gave the vet a thumbs-up gesture. Strangely, all the others looked away or fumbled with napkins, newspapers and chairs.

Eavesdropping on them during the meal, I think that I discovered why so many of them seemed ill at ease. They were members of a conservative college student group, and the subject of their breakfast meeting was how to improve their campus recruitment activities.

Some World War II feistiness left in me wanted to ask, "If you're so ardent about the war, why don't you enlist?"

Art Shay
Deerfield, Ill., Aug. 4, 2005

We need to encourage people to really ask them to sign up. This lette writer was too inhibited. We can't be inhibited.

Elaine Meinel Supkis


At 05 August, 2005 12:25, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 05 August, 2005 13:09, Blogger D.F. Facti said...


So what.

Does anyone know of any volunteer groups or organizations committed to not forgetting the military casualties of this disasterous war? The VFW is putting together care packages for people still there, and I donated some stuff, even tho my politics and that of the VFW probably don't mesh. I wonder how many of the conservative college groups are ponying up any time or money for those currently serving in the military - unlike them. Think I'll try to do a little recon.

At 05 August, 2005 17:32, Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Yup. I did it first.

This happens, you know. The more, the better!

At 05 August, 2005 17:46, Anonymous Ken said...

conservatives dont give a shit about the military what we should be doing is sending pictures of the dead in care packages so the troops will know we care and know we dont want them dead then they will come home

At 05 August, 2005 22:41, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can say we are sorry for the facists we tried to get them out of power but typing doesnt stop vote fraud

At 06 August, 2005 22:55, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it could if we were hackers


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