Second Place

Posted: Jul 14, 2020

A $1500 Scholarship was awarded to Sophia Allen, daughter of member Kirk T Allen.

What makes the CIB special to you?
The Combat Infantryman Badge is special to me because it recognizes those who have not only served for our country but have put forth their best effort under enemy fire in combat. When I found out my father was awarded not once, but twice, I felt proud to be his daughter. He has always done so much for me and I have always known that has given so much to our country. This award shows everyone else the sacrifice he has made to protect our country. My father is not comfortable talking about the experiences he had while deployed and the Soldiers he knew that now grieve over the loss of their battle-buddies. The CIB has provided a different perspective as to what my father and other Soldiers have been through. With the current campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is more important than ever to continuing honoring the men and women who have sacrificed for their country. The CIB is special to me because although I may never understand what they have put on the line, this is one way that they can be honored for all they have done.

In 1981, the Supreme Court case Rostker v. Goldberg decided that having only men be eligible for the draft did not violate the due process clause. As a female, I am not eligible to be drafted for a military conflict. However, if I were called up for the Draft, I would proudly take my place with the United States Military and serve my country to the best of my ability. 

If our government called you up for the Draft due to a military conflict, how would you respond?  The last draft occurred during the Vietnam War and the men who served showed distinction and courage when faced with an unimaginable circumstance. If drafted, I do not know how I would feel; emotions would be overwhelming for not only me, but also my loved ones. A military conflict produces stress and fear in our nation. I would be fearful as well, but my goal would be to ensure my family stays safe and protected at home. 

My father made the decision to serve and give our country twenty years in the Infantry. Although in a Draft you are obligated to serve, I would be honored to step up and help protect my country.

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