This is the statement by an Iraq War veteran profiled in the Palm Beach Post. You have to read all the way to the end, and wade through criticism of the military flotsam, the obligatory war statisitic jetsam and a recounting of the ordeal of dealing with the wounds he suffered, but there is a telling statement of the attitude shared by most of the troops:
On May 28, 2004, three weeks after the attack, [U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jim] Nappier reenlisted at the Naval Reserve Center in West Palm Beach."I practiced keeping my fingers straight to take the oath," he says. But then, on July 31, 2005, he was officially "boarded out" — retired for medical reasons.
"I'd go back in a heartbeat, if they'd take me," Nappier says. "I believe in the mission. If we weren't there, they'd be hitting us here."
Thank you for your service.
(Hat tip: Free Republic)