He came back whole, unlike Alaska Democratic Party Lt. Gov. candidate Diane Benson's son, Latseen.
Before Latseen's last deployment as an airborne trooper, Diane spoke at an anti-war rally at Anchorage's park strip Veterans' Memorial.
She didn't describe Latseen's accomplishments from his first tour. She expressed her worries as a mom, before her son was being dragooned back into George W. Bush's failing "mission accomplished" fiasco. Latseen was "stop-lossed" back to duty, even while his discharge was being processed.
Latseen's mom prayed for this war and its wasteful nature to end soon. The crowd was quiet.
Within 40 days, Latseen was severely injured near Baghdad. He wasn't expected to live, and the US Army flew Latseen's mom to Germany. What happened when she got back to the USA convinced her to run against Don Young for the US House in 2006.
Friday night, in San Diego California, Sarah Palin spoke about her Iraq-or-something veteran son, Track, before a few hundred ageing, retired admirals and their spouses, and to a few of her usual sycophants:
Palin said the “lamestream media just doesn’t get it and when they don’t believe what perhaps your message is so they want to belittle you and mock you and treat you with much disdain, you know, I think, well they can do that to me, that’s fine, because I know truth.” Palin added, “You know what, you can say whatever you want to say about me but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me.”
How different is this from what we know about Diane Benson and her relationship with her son?
Both Benson and Palin have invoked their kid or kids to demonstrate what they believe. I have never heard Diane Benson claim "I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me."
What do we know about Track's year in Iraq or somewhere? Not much. It is good to see he is back in Alaska and keeping a low profile.