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In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has depended on contract workers more than in any previous conflict -- to cook meals for troops, wash laundry, deliver supplies and protect diplomats, among other tasks. Tens of thousands of civilians have worked in the two battle zones, often facing the same dangers as U.S. troops and suffering the same kinds of injuries.
Contract workers from the U.S. have been mostly men, primarily middle-aged, many of them military veterans drawn by money, patriotism or both, according to interviews and public records. They are police officers, truck drivers,
Originally posted by kerontehe
reply to post by Amagnon
Opinions vary. One persons patriot is another persons freedom fighter is another persons terrorist.
I will define these words as I please thank you.
A very small percentage of professional contractors are engaged in in breaking things and hurting people [ about the same as traditional military].
Patriotism is for me as personal as my religion and my family.
IMHO, even myopic pacifist isolationists can be patriots also.