Or, rather, an Air Force pilot:
The convention in Denver was Mr. Finan’s introduction to big-time politics, and he quickly found himself doing broadcast interviews for the first time.
Between events he and about 25 other Iraq and Afghanistan veterans became like a small platoon.
They slept on supporters’ floors. They hung out. And they shared stories about arid, bloody places that often looked far worse than what they heard the Bush administration describe on television.
“For the first time since I came home, I felt like I had the same clarity of purpose with a like-minded set of individuals,” he said. “It really motivated me.”
It was a balmy fall day and the most telling exchange came halfway through, when they ran into Dan Nickloy, 56, a Vietnam veteran sitting on his lawn with his dog.
Mr. Nickloy said that he was an undecided voter and that he was concerned about Mr. Obama’s plan to remove troops from Iraq just as victory seemed close.