I got a few comments and quite a few emails about the marine story that ran yesterday. Let me add just a couple of things, in a way that I think will reach most of our readers:
1. I apologize for the soldier comment. I do not come from a military family, and I did not realize that the word did not apply to all who fight on behalf of their country. I used the wrong word, and would never intentionally offend anyone who risked life and limb to protect me. I did not check dictionary.com before using the word soldier, but when I went there this morning it does clearly mention a person serving "in an army" and did give a general definition of someone with military skill. I sent them a note explaining our conversation here, to make amends for what is clearly a common misunderstanding of how the word soldier applies to Marines specifically.
2. I got a couple of comments that seemed to think I was saying this was unheard of for a Marine. I did not intend to sound shocked beyond belief that a Marine would show this level of dedication. I think it's amazing, generous and beyond awesome. But I am not surprised, I simply felt it should be shared so we see another side, and can enjoy simple pride in the goodness of another person.
I hope that resolves the bulk of the comments, and thank you all for correcting my choice of phrasing.