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May 26, 2013

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The Greatest Generation and the draft

To the editor:

I am a product of the Greatest Generation and a Vietnam veteran. The Greatest Generation is easily defined. Simply put, that generation, raised in the 1920s and ‘30s, was without a doubt the product of the Great Depression and the product of immigrants.

These immigrants, I might add, never had any help from the government in any way and were drafted en masse to fight in Europe and Asia. They served with pride, honor and valor, fighting the Nazis under Hitler, the Italians under Mussolini and the Japanese under Hirohito.

The carnage that followed was bloody, to say the least, with casualties in the hundreds of thousands.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor did nothing but galvanize our nation, and without the help and the dedication of virtually every man and child in the country, we might have crumbled.

I am in my 73rd year, and I dare say that in this generation we don’t see the love of country, the devotion or the willingness to serve as our forefathers did.

I do not see in this current generation the same will to serve. With their spoiled background, they have endured a spineless upbringing. Everybody gets a trophy, win or lose.

I dare my congressmen and senators to submit legislation to reinstitute the draft for men and women 18 to 24 years of age — this should apply to women in non-combat roles — with no less than a six-year obligation, the same as my generation 50 years ago. This legislation should also include current immigrants across the board.

Philip Lacroix Jr.

Salem, N.H.

Local veterans get some housing help

To the editor:

At the May 21 North Andover Town Meeting, the voters approved $461,894 for veterans housing from the Community Preservation Committee fund. This was the final step necessary in securing the funding needed to establish the first affordable housing units dedicated to veterans in North Andover in 60 years.

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