Some veteran home educators seem to take a firm stand on principles that others don't even recognize as issues. Is it that they are just stubborn, rebellious or cantankerous? Probably not. It's just that they had to live through the history and, like many of the WWII veterans, they had to fight for their freedom. My father and father-in-law both fought in WWII. They tell stories that make it hard for me to imagine what it must have been like to watch a whole platoon die in a matter of hours or to find out that when your plane was shot down only three of the 12-member crew survived. I hear, but since I didn't experience it, I really can't understand.