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STATISTICS
Angie S. | Washington, D.C. | June 06, 2012

Real statistics on sexual harassment and rape in the military -- until today's strip I wasn't sure Trudeau was gonna go there but I'm really glad he did. Thanks, GBT, for standing up for women yet again.

B.D.
Brad | Toledo, OH | June 06, 2012

Every time you do a B.D. strip, I am touched. Because he's the one character who has radically (and continuously) grown over time, I want to follow his progress day to day (though wisely, you parcel him out). He exemplifies the hope that we can all learn and become better people, and he's really become the heart of your strip. Dickens couldn't have done it better. Many, many thanks.

FAR REMOVED
Jotham Oliver | Fryeburg, ME | June 06, 2012

For someone who is very far removed from the war, you miraculously bring it home. I'm very touched. Hats off.

MORE THAN THAT
Just Another Specialist | Socorro, NM | June 06, 2012

As a vet and female soldier something just tweaks me about FULL RECOVERY and the concept that "Melissa ...wearing a dress that flatters the beautiful figure visible even in her fatigue uniform" is the image of her recovery from MST. Mel is about so much more than conforming to that cliche of feminity. Guess I'll have to trust that Trudeau is about more than that, as well. He hasn't let me down so far!

HARD TO GET BACK
Roger Armstrong | Ashland, OR | June 06, 2012

Like Toggle, I feel lucky to be alive. War is very surreal. It is in another dimension, not this one. If you are in it long enough, like Ray, it is this dimension that becomes surreal, and it is hard to get back into.

FULL RECOVERY
Linda Grant DePauw | Pasadena, MD | June 05, 2012

I am looking forward to the day when we see Melissa in civilian clothing, with her gorgeous red hair hanging loose, wearing a dress that flatters the beautiful figure visible even in her fatigue uniform. She deserves to make a full recovery from MST.

WELL DONE
Alan | Anywhere, USA | June 03, 2012

Well done, B.D. and Ray. Classic combat humor in that last panel.

PERFECT
Gina | Lovettsville, VA | June 03, 2012

Toggle! My sparkling, shining, ever-refilling Glass Half Full! I love you so. Perfect: my man T can see so clearly with his single-vision wise eye -- more broad and bright than his compassionate compatriots with two slightly-blindered eyes.

HUMBLE THANKS
Ed Fischer | Big Island, VA | June 03, 2012

They improvise, adapt and overcome. Well done and humble thanks to our vets.

THAT LIST
David Stolper | Kingston, JAMAICA | June 03, 2012

I have been following the journeys of the vets (Mel, Ray, Toggle, B.D.) with the sort of distant warmth I might feel towards nieces and nephews I don't see very often. "You GO kids." And then I looked at the Flashbacks today -- 5 years ago -- and it hit like a stomach blow. That list will be a bit longer now. Yes, Toggle: "lucky" indeed.

LUCKY
Chris Parkins | London, UK | June 03, 2012

Toggle's "All three of us lucky" brings tears to the eyes.

RIGHT ON, TOGGLE
Bean | Lacomb, OR | June 03, 2012

Right on, Toggle! Some people don't know lucky when they live it, but Toggle continues to remind me of all that is pure, strong, and true. PTSD and physical damage don't mean it's the end of the world, and there are plenty of us veterans who are a bit battered around the edges yet we still keep moving forward into new days, new tomorrows, and new opportunities. Well done, Trudeau.

TELL THOSE KIDS
Mike | Bayonne, NJ | May 31, 2012

What can these two vets tell those kids? "It helped me to grow, but find another way to grow if you can, and try to make sure none of your classmates have to learn how to grow the way we had to." "And thank you for your interest".

WAKE-UP CALL
Nick | Yuba City, CA | May 31, 2012

I think Mel would be a great wake-up call for Jeff. Her 'tude and his fantasy-world -- what a great combination. To see Jeff finally waking up to responsability; Mel would certainly get him to grow up and maybe even achieve his goal, whatever that might be...

KNEW MY WAY
Seven | Alexandria, VA | May 31, 2012

Another cosmic strip today. Had we known what point guards and Goth were in the 70s, I could have been Mel. I too knew my way to the vice principal's office. Not surprisingly, that started in the fourth grade. (Hey, Mr. Doyle!)

PERFECT
Dr. Bob | Fairfax, VA | May 30, 2012

I've been a fan of Doonesbury for years, but it rarely makes me laugh out loud. Tuesday's strip did. Perfect, Garry!

MEL & ROZ
D. Taylor | San Luis Obispo, CA | May 30, 2012

I really like Mel & Roz -- they seem like the 'Mike & Mark' of the new millennium. They're strong, likeable people, and I look forward to hearing more about their lives.

A FATHER/DAUGHTER PAIR
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | May 30, 2012

Re HITTING ON A GIRL: This is Mel's gentle reminder to her father that if his stereotype were accurate, all lesbians would instantly know that she wasn't one of them. This is a father/daughter pair who talk to each other a lot -- and effectively. They don't reach a meeting of the minds exactly, but each knows where the gaps are, and they have shorthand reminders of past discussions. Nice to see them not just talking past each other.

NIT-PICKY
Tina | Lexington, KY | May 30, 2012

Re Roz. It's nit-picky I know, but:  "Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar at any time during normal activity or when standing in formation. Long hair that falls naturally below the bottom edge of the collar, to include braids, will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, so no free-hanging hair is visible."

KIDS
Just Another Specialist | Socorro, NM | May 30, 2012

There's a flashback -- kids will ask the darndest things. At an elementary school in El Paso, (fortunately) before either of my two OIF tours, third-graders weren't interested in hearing about anything except whether or not I had ever killed anyone. Admittedly, this was the first summer of the war (2003) and imagery was rampant. Still...

As for Roz's hair -- above the collar, please! I remember what I had to go through (even overseas) to keep my hair from attracting negative attention, and it keeps distracting me to see her hair that way. I'm not saying the crazy buns people stuffed under their miche helmets in Iraq were much better (how are you going to get that pro-mask on if there's an NBC attack, soldier?) but it's more realistic.