What "need" are you referring to, and who/what was Richie "serving?"You are so wrong. There will always be people willing to guard our country and ideals.
Had you taken the time to read the article, you would know that Richie was also persuaded by his mother to not enlist and instead go to college. But after 2yrs, the need to serve was too great and he Joined up.
Those who don't seek to answer these fundamental questions are just greasing the war machine that has consumed this nation. Who is guarding this nation from its criminal leadership? What "ideals" have survived the "PATRIOT" Act, the Military Commissions Act, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, unwarranted searches and seizures, kidnapping, torture, murder, wars of aggression, the corrupt influence of corporate interests, the profiteering of the weapons industry, etc.?
IF TYRANNY AND OPPRESSION COME TO THIS LAND, IT WILL BE IN THE GUISE OF FIGHTING A FOREIGN ENEMY.
- JAMES MADISON