Calling members of the military "cowards" is fine. There is a tacit understanding many members of the military have come to and that's that you can't please everyone. What is more insulting than seeing this man being called a "coward" are the people who believe they are patriots by seeing a film and expressing a pro-war mantra.
Since 9/11, more than 10,000 U.S. children have lost a parent, sibling or other loved one who served in the U.S. Military. There are several organizations dedicated to start the healing process and to provide care and support to family members -- including children -- who have suffered the loss of a loved one serving in the armed forces.
For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.
When I signed up for the military, I was hoping to make a better world. Instead I helped make it more dangerous. I wanted to do right by my family and my country. Looking back, it's clear enough to me that my lack of knowledge about the actual mission we were undertaking betrayed me -- and you and us.