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  1. Great set of stories. Kevin Bush has always been a special person to this family. His sense of duty, his strength and his sacrifice deserve the respect and admiration due real heroes.

    Hope understanding what is inside the Kevin Bush’ and millions of others who sacrifice every day gives you a deeper understanding of why their experience is relevant to prepare them for sports.

  2. He also has had the benefit of a supportive and solid family. I know them personally. He had no choice but to be tough because as a little kid his older brother bent, broke and tied him in knots while teaching him to wrestle on the family room floor. He did kind of have to find his way for a while to get where he is today and he is stronger and better for it. I also sense he is a great locker room presence and would undoubtedly be a leader in Coach Wilson’s emphasis for more energy and enthusiasm during the games. His military training won’t let him allow anyone to forget that and loaf on the sidelines.

  3. America’s military did not loose a lot when the draft was abolished. In fact, it now gets a much better candidate who seeks to grow and develop into the great soldiers they are.

    But, America’s generations lost a great treasure by abolishing the draft. The two years of service provided the perfect rounding of our education. Two years that taught and carefully mentored the basis of the values that made America great; community over individual, equality, honor, service, duty, discipline and strength of character.

    The Kevin Bush’ are our best hope and our worthy mentors.

  4. did not LOSE a lot. Lose weight and your boxers may become loose. The Virginia game was a heartbreaking loss.

  5. Tsao: I suggest that the draft has been suspended indefinitely, but not totally abolished. While Congress has the power to reinstate the draft, let’s hope it never again becomes necessary.

    I once asked my Dad, a WWII combat vet who served in the 82nd airborne, why he volunteered to be a paratrooper. He answered, “Would you want to go into combat surrounded by anything but the most motivated soldiers? If they didn’t want to be there and finish that mess, I did not want them next to me.”

  6. At the same time, a family member (a battalion commander) in the 82nd says, “you’ve got to question the sanity of someone who enjoys jumping out of perfectly good airplanes over and over. Huahh!”

    I agree with your point, the all-volunteer army has been best for our military since soldiers today are generally the best motivated and committed to their careers. Kevin Bush’ story is testimony to that. My comment on the draft reflects more on the great loss to our society when the 2 years of service required of all served to create solid and responsible citizens were lost to the entire society.

    By the way, there’s a former Sergeant Major Merritt, they call him ‘Rock’ who still lives in Ft. Bragg and who jumped with the 82nd. into Normandy during the invasion. He was 17 (had lied about his age to join up) and tells some of the most harrowing stories you’ve ever heard. It may be that your dad and he had served together.

    (By the way, am I correct…you are one of the bloggers who lives in the Chicago area? I know there are several and it would be great to get together as a group sometime). Go Hoosiers!)

  7. I’ve always felt that the best argument for the draft was the it made it less likely the our country would run willy nilly into a conflict without good reason. It’s always easier to be gung ho when someone else (or someone else’s children) will be doing the fighting and dying.

  8. Chet, we agree on that and that is good. The flip side, the rest of society remains distant, uninvolved and removed when our best are at war. The bars fill up every night, the fraternity parties go on and on…only the soldiers and their immediate families carry the weight and feel the pain. Their willingness to do it- as in Kevin Bushes case- is why they are truly the best, most dependable and most honorable among us.

    Kevin Bush, whom we have never met nor spoken to, is a big part and hero of this family.

  9. Tsao; I grew up in Chicago and the suburbs, but have not lived there in many years. I still love the city and visit frequently, but at my age, looking down the road, I would choose to live in/near Bloomington over the Chicago area if I had the choice.

    The older I get, the less attractive urban life becomes. Besides, I think B-town is one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest. I confess that IU is a major influence in that opinion.

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