December 9th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

Reporting From The Trenches

Jake Tapper tells Howard Kurtz why he traded the White House briefing room for the mountains of Afghanistan to write his new book “The Outpost.”

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    All too often as I hear people say things about the military, in a good way, I get tired of hearing it because for the most part it is no different than say hello or goodbye. The words become meaningless and mundane. For those of us who know people and have family members fighting or in support of fighting troops we have a totally different prospective and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice or been maimed in some way physically or mentally there is no understanding unless you have experienced what that person(s) have. I know people mean well but more than not we, the soldiers and the families, are forgotten unless there is a military holiday or special even. I sometimes think that the media should show a little more and go into more detail so the general public has more of an understanding. Mr. Tapper couldn’t have said it any better when saying that 98% have no skin in the game, they can’t identify at all. I wish they would more. Serving in the military is truly and honor and one that I think all Americans should have to do for a 2 year period so then they would have more of a realistic understanding of what goes on and what families go through. Not to mention it would take children and turn them into responsible adults and I’m sure that would have a profound effect on our society as a whole.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply

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