Thank you for the wonderful article Sunday ("Danger still looms for Missouri Guard).
I found it very well-written and informative, with a lot of human interest sprinkled throughout.
However, as a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who served for five years as a naval officer after graduation, I take umbrage in the paragraph:
"'I've been blown up three times,' said Sgt. Tim Barker, 37, of Troy, who fixes convenience store beverage equipment for his real job."
Being shot at, blown up and defending our country is a "real job."
It would have been a better choice of words to have used "for his civilian job."
Please do not make the same mistake in the future.
Kevin G. Liddy • Wildwood