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Letter: Honoring Students Who Served

To the Editor:

Tris Wykes’ well-written story about Evan Bloom (“A Big Impression: Dartmouth’s Bloom Has Left His Mark,” April 11) has a hidden story that few readers would understand. “He’s certainly proud of the path he’s chosen, but is wise enough to know there are many ways to regard military service and America’s role in international conflict,” wrote Wykes.

I had to read this several times to understand the underlying meaning. As a father of a Tuck Grad who served twice in Iraq as a Marine, I understood that my son Matt had to absorb absurd comments about our military heard in the classroom and about campus. He had to bury the anger as he remembered his best friend and other Marines who died in his presence. In forums I have heard silly comments like, “Why does the military just not fight?” and “Why don’t we just go and talk to the Taliban?”

Liberal New Englanders are so out of touch with the rest of the country that honors our military and the memories of those lost in service. I would encourage faculty and fellow students against war to include in their politically correct speech a caveat that recognizes the brave young people on the vanguard of our defense and those who give their lives. Would it be appropriate to publicly recognize at Dartmouth graduation those students who have served in the military?

Harvey Bazarian