Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, 26, a Marine recruiter in Pittsburgh, went to
the home of a high school student who had expressed interest in joining
the Marine Reserve to talk to his parents.
It was a large home in a well-to-do suburb north of the city. Two
American flags adorned the yard. The prospect’s mom greeted him wearing
an American flag T-shirt.
"I want you to know we support you," she gushed.
Rivera soon reached the limits of her support.
"Military service isn’t for our son. It isn’t for our kind of people," she told him.
What kind of people were they? Quakers? Mennonites? Brethren?