To the Editor:
We have two important days coming up in May: Election Day and Memorial Day.
The way we feel about Memorial Day should influence how we vote on Election Day, especially for those seeking offices that have to do with national security and/or veterans care. While those without military service may not be less patriotic than those who served, those who served have certain qualities grilled into them by military training and experience that should be a big plus when evaluating the candidate - qualities such as honoring and defending the flag and the Constitution, not being willing to sacrifice lives of comrades for personal gain, standing your ground in the face of opposition, working with allies but not caving in to them, leading the charge when necessary, and speaking the truth.
I speak as a Korean vet and grandfather of two marines. Remember, a veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of up to and including his or her life. That is honor, and that deserves our vote on Election Day.