Your May 22 front-page story "Eleven Letters Honor POW's Hidden Wound" tells us that 1st Lt. Alan Brudno, the Vietnam War POW and suicide victim, was "Jewish, 25 years old, the son of a doctor from suburban Boston, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."

Nowhere does the story link his Jewishness to his service or to his suicide. Why mention it, when the religious affiliation of others in the story is never brought in, including that of Maj. Tom Collins, who is described as "a country boy, a few years older, a swaggering fighter jock from Mississippi." Well, was he a Baptist or Catholic "fighter jock?" Unless religion is relevant to an element of the story, it doesn't really matter -- or does it? If the writer was trying to tell us that Brudno and Collins were an "odd couple" because of their different backgrounds, then both religious affiliations should have been included if they contributed to making the couple odd. If not, leave both out. If your paper is suggesting that not many graduates of MIT and other elite universities served in Vietnam, just say so. It's true, but the Episcopalians from Harvard were as rare as the Jews from MIT.

-- George Salamon

Arlington