Iraq withdrawal

The announced planned withdrawal of our troops from Iraq calls up memories from almost 60 years ago.   We were ending the “conflict” in Korea.  I was just completing 3 years of a 4-year enlistment in the Air Force.   We learned that because of the need for fewer troops in Korea, we could be eligible to apply for an early discharge.  I did because I wanted to go to college.  I left the Air Force after 3 years and 3 months.   Others stayed because they had decided that the military was the life for them.  The planned withdrawal from Iraq causes me to wonder how many young men and women of this generation will be facing the same decisions…whether they will have similar opportunities.


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