I take exception to Brian McGrory’s attempt to discredit Colonel Scott Brown’s two weeks of service in Afghanistan by stating that it “was more like a visit” than having “served” in Afghanistan (“Real concerns,” Metro, Oct. 12). Whether it was two weeks or two years, Brown served in a war zone. He wasn’t on the front lines, but he was still subject to mortar attacks and suicide bombers.
McGrory apparently doesn’t realize that the largest number of our military forces are “in the rear with the gear,” as he quotes one unnamed analyst. For every brave soldier on the front lines, there are hundreds in the background providing support, from food servers to tank mechanics.