As a veteran who has seen many young men return home in pieces — physically, mentally, and emotionally — one thing has been at the forefront of my mind of late; giving legal adults at the age of 18 the rights of all adults. This is what I mean.

When my Marine unit was deploying to Afghanistan in 2009, I watched dozens of 18- and 19-year-old Marines making out their last wills and testaments. At this age, they knew there was a solid chance that they wouldn’t come home alive, and yet they went so willingly.

Anthony Cristo is a high school English teacher in San Antonio, husband and Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in district 34 of Texas.

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