The ongoing spate of comments by politicians, commentators and editorial writers who are fond of using the term “boots on the ground” displays an enormous disrespect to those who serve in the military and their families.

What does “boots on the ground” mean? Do we ship boots to solve conflicts? Do boots protect Americans? Aren’t boots pieces of inert leather and lace?

The term deflects the reality of men and women who serve in extreme danger. They are fighting in a war against enemies. Our soldiers bleed; they die. They don’t scuff.

Walter O. Jaeger, Ruckersville, Va.