21st Century citizen soldiers

On the Edge of Common Sense
By Baxter Black, DVM

The term “citizen soldier” applies to an army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers, like Vietnam War enlistees and draftees that served their 2 years and were released to go back to their previous life. It also applies to the National Guard.

There is another group of citizens that I think deserve a similar recognition: The many thousands of citizens who work for the private contractors in the Mideast fighting the War on Terror. Granted, they get paid more but they receive no medals for bravery, not much recognition for their service, no veteran’s benefits; yet they are indispensible to any victory we might achieve.

The reason they are needed is because America’s armed forces have shrunk to their smallest number in modern . . .