July 9, 2004

CAN YOU BE AGAINST THE WAR, BUT STILL SUPPORT THE TROOPS? Yeah, but these people sure aren’t:

Jason Gilson, a 23-year-old military veteran who served in Iraq, marched in the local event. He wore his medals with pride and carried a sign that said “Veterans for Bush.”

Walking the parade route with his mom, younger siblings and politically conservative friends, Jason heard words from the crowd that felt like a thousand daggers to the heart.

“Baby killer!”

“Murderer!”

“Boooo!”

To understand why the reaction of strangers hurt so much, you must read what the young man had written in a letter from Iraq before he was disabled in an ambush.

Sigh. Maybe it really is 1968 all over again.

UPDATE: More thoughts from Scott Koenig.

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