The current “wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan have to rank among the most unusual in American history. They are fought by a group of volunteers numberings about 1,500,000 who daily risk their lives even as the remaining 300,000,000 go about their business of work, leisure, schooling and safety. At least during the Korean and Vietnam wars, there was a draft to ensure a wider range of Americans actually participated in the task of defending their nation. Those who serve return home in an anonymous fashion to people who didn’t even realize they had left. Tim Nolan who lives in Vermont encountered an even more dramatic example of indifference on the part of Americans when he lost his job because of being deployed.
Nolan, along with several other correctional officers was hired at the