I ran into an aquaintance the other day. She asked about one of my sons' college plans, and I mentioned that he was very interested in a service academy. She looked at me aghast and said, he might have to go to war! She gave me a look like I was a terrible mother for even supporting such a goal. I could not think of a quick response and had to leave quickly because I had to be somewhere. We are not from a military family, and in all honesty it has taken me a while to get used to the idea of him going into the military. But I have come to peace with it because I know this is a calling he has believed in for years. Can parents help me come up with a respectful response to those who question the sanity of sending off a child to the military? I have a feeling more of these comments may be coming our way. How do you respond?