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“On Civilian Guilt”

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Lauren Bailey

That’s the headline over this piece by a young woman working for the Department of Veterans Affairs here in D.C., where Lauren Bailey writes:

Part of my guilt is my own inaction at a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Everyone remembers where they were on September 11. It’s disappointing that I can vividly remember only a few things; I was sitting in my University’s student Union eating a bag of Cheetos waiting for my Tuesday morning theater class. Then the memories start to get hazy. I vaguely remember going to church. I remember crying hysterically over the loss of life. And I remember feeling exposed and scared.

Should she feel guilty for not donning a uniform? The responses to her column are just as revealing as it is. Check it out.

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