Marine with Silver Star voting for Ron PaulSubmitted by PKnuckle101 on Mon, 01/23/2012 - 20:07
10 years ago, I was applying to West Point. My brother was 2 years older than me and just working small jobs and playing baseball after highschool. 9/11 happened and (knowing I had researched the different military services) he asked me, "If I want to fight, I mean really get in the fight...what service should I join?"
Later that day, he called my dad and asked for a ride. "From where?" was my dad's response. His heart dropped a little (and my mother's alot) when he said "the Marine Corps Recruiting Station". He had just signed up. He did 4 tours in Iraq. On his 2nd tour he was involved in fighting in Fallujah and helped save his Platoon Commander's life and lead his surrounded unit to safety. This action earned him the Silver Star (3rd highest award for valor in the military). He'd kill me for writing this (he isn't on DailyPaul) because he rarely speaks of that day. But you can read the full story here:
He has never voted. He, like many of us, has been disgusted by politics for years. "They're all the same", he says. Weeks ago, he started asking me about this guy I'm always talking about, Ron Paul. I didn't push him; I just told him to youtube him. He came back weeks later and asked me more- the hook was in. I told him why I have never voted either, and why I will vote for Ron Paul and only Ron Paul.
Today, my brother registered as a Republican in Colorado in order to vote for Ron Paul. Is it sad that I am more proud of him today than when he was awarded the Silver Star for Valor? I don't think so. His vote will save so many more lives than his hands did in 2004.