While this is not directly related to a Latino political issue, or maybe you can say that it is since we constitute a substantial percentage of our people served in the armed forces, I do think it is worth noting that on Sunday, the oldest Army soldier, a 60 year old Vietnam War veteran was killed. You can read the official DoD press release on his death here.
Maj. Steven Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Arizona, re-enlisted in the Army in July 2007 after his wife died. He is the oldest Army soldier to be killed in the Iraq War.
I have always maintained that this generation of baby boomers will change the way we as a society “do aging,” and this is evidenced by the service of Maj. Hutchison. I do think that military service is still a valid and honorable way of serving one’s country, as long as those who are serving are healthy and able to do so. In some ways, I have wondered if some of the middle aged (and younger) policy makers would be so inclined to engage in military conflicts if they had the experience of serving in Iraq like Army Maj. Hutchison. This man was willing to do something that so many will not do, even those who are younger and possibly more energetic.