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AMERICANS DEFENDING U.S. IDEALS IN THE GULF

I am writing in response to a letter entitled, "No One Was Forced To Join the Military."

I take a personal offense at the remarks and attitude toward our servicemen in the Persian Gulf.

The writer is correct: They are doing what they were trained to do -- serve our country. These men and women joined the regular army and the reserve of their own free will, but I believe they are more compassionate than the writer will ever be. They are protecting lives and even ideals, however controversial they may be.

My husband, a 9-year Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran, is now an Army Reservist.

I am also a Navy mother who lost her son, not yet 21, before he had served a year in the Navy. He was proud and so am I.

GEORGIAN DAVIS
Buffalo

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