ISSUE | MILITARY
Soldiers are real people, not 'boots'
Stop referring to soldiers as "boots on the ground."
As a soldier's mom, I want to point out that these "boots" are living, breathing human beings. Soldiers are daughters, sons, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, in-laws, fiancées, and friends who will be sent into a war zone. No matter what your position on military involvement in the world, we should not dehumanize any person by referring to him or her as a "boot."
It will never be OK to send a person as a "boot" but mourn that same person as a "soldier." Sending soldiers into war feels thought out; sending "boots" feels way too easy.
|Janice Winston, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org