We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"The war inside." Interesting story, from a combat doc. Not all people are natural warriors. Few, really, unless their own home or family is threatened.
I have known some military docs. Some were warriors, most were not. Quite a few Vietnam vets ended up in medical school. There was an ex-company commander in my class. Tough SOB. Went into Psychiatry like me.
A high school friend of mine went to Vietnam and later became an MD. After he flunked out of school he went to Vietnam as a medic. Upon getting out of the Army he returned to school and got his academic act together. When he was still an undergrad he even went so far as to get an Anatomy book in Russian, to combine two of his knowledge fields. If you can handle an Anatomy book in Russian, med school can be a comparative breeze.
My company commander in C/1/327 of 101st abn was premed from the academy. I derosed from VN before he did and alway hoped he made it back to finish med school. He was a good man and back in 68 seems so long ago now.
Doc Gorman was my Btn. doctor and a likable guy from Chicago. He talked his way onto my tank (A Co. 1/69 4th Inf) 2 times. He thought it was a big game and I never let him back on my tank again. Docs are too valuable to waste on a lark