Travis Clark, the son of Steve and Susan Clark, is now serving with the Marines in Iraq.
I've known his mom and dad for several years. Steve is a firefighter and Susan's a nurse, so he comes by his attitude toward public service from influences at home, seems to me.
Travis was recently promoted to corporal and here's a picture from the ceremony. Travis is the tall young man with the sunglasses to the right of the officer wearing the shoulder holster rig -
At a time when so many of the young people in this country don't have a clue what's going on in the world, don't think critically and don't have any love for their country I am thrilled to see an superlative young man like Travis volunteering to go into harm's way to serve his nation and defend us from a merciless and implacable enemy.
From an guy who's slowing down and getting creaky but was once upon a time a strac young Sgt. E-5 in the US Army, let me say to this young Marine -
OUTSTANDING! Semper Fi!
As long as young men such as Travis choose to serve their nation there's still hope for our future.