I’m one who believes “the greatest generation” actually was.
In the 1940’s, millions of young men, and women, and some not so young, contributed years of their lives to their country.
My father, too old to be drafted, worked those years producing war materials such as radar systems. He worked seven days a week and evenings. I never saw him for long periods of time. He left for work before I got up for school, and I was asleep at night when he returned. We had no family vacation for at least four years.
Later, I voluntarily served three years on a small ship in the Pacific, believing I owed that to the young men who went before me.
The so-called “Dreamers” came to this country illegally and believe they should be allowed to stay. Let them serve our country for four years in order to gain “legal status.” If in the military, they must earn an honorable discharge.
If not the military, we should have an effort similar to the Civilian Conservation Corps, which made such a valuable contribution in the 1930s. Perhaps we could have a concerted effort, using “Drafted Dreamers,” to modernize our failing infrastructure. “Drafted Dreamers” has a nice ring to it.
Do I believe in universal service? Yes.
It has been said, “Freedom is not free.” Let the Dreamers earn their right to stay by serving the public good.
Hilton Head Island
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