A couple of times a year, my dad talks to a guy he went to high school with, in Dallas. Apparently they were pretty good friends then, and remain so to this day. When they both became draft age, my dad decided to go to college. His friend joined the military and went to Viet Nam. My dad was part of an anti-war faction, where he met my mom. His friend lost a leg and got shipped home. Both of them have talked about meeting for the first time after Mr. Lake came home from Viet Nam. My dad thought he might be upset about their differences, but they weren't. Mr. Lake said he joined the military because that is what his conscience told him to do. He understood that my dad did what his conscience tokd him to do. Obviously, I was not born until much later. Mr. Lake has never mentioned being badmouthed or spit on when he came home. No one called him a "baby killer" or a "murderer." He merely came home and rehabbed. When he was ready to get a job, my dad suggested he move to Anaheim and try to get a job with his company, which he did. I believe Mr. Lake retired after his dad had a stroke, or something like that, and now lives with them, on disability. Being young, I don't remember Desert Storm. I remember my dad took my sister and I to a parade when a large group of local servicemen returned. I just thought it was a parade. Things are different now. There is no draft (and hopefully, Bush won't bring it back). No one is obligated to join the military. No one should be forced to pressured into joining the military. It should be something that each individual person wants to do. At the same time, some of us don't agree at what is going on. I have never been involved in an anti-military demonstration. My beef is with the idiots who run the country, not the country or its people. I don't burn flags or curse at soldiers. That is merely a concept that some of you wish to have. I could just as easily be your daughter. I am 21 years old and free to think what I please and do as I please. My parents support my right to do such. I have been a good daughter. I've never been in trouble with the law, never caused trouble in school, never received a grade lower than a B. I don't drink, smoke or use drugs. I've never been pregnant. My parents do not financially support me. I am attending school on a full academic scholarship. If you have a son or daughter around my age, can you say the same thing?