There are always two sides of a story. We see some young people in this country who are out protesting. Take the OWS for example. They protest against the so called 1%. Yet, they have blackberries, laptops, smart phones. They are not hurting in any way except in getting a job perhaps. Yet it really does not seem that is what they are about, getting a job. I imagine they consider themselves fearless and brave when they break windows and defecate on our flag, spit in cops faces, and keep people from getting to their jobs.
The other side to the story about our young people are those who serve our country. These young men and women do have courage, bravery, honor, and give to this country the biggest sacrifice ever asked of anyone. We don’t see them on the daily news. We don’t hear their stories for the most part. The media seems to have little interest in them. Our government does not want us to see or know the horrors of what these men go through because then we would never have any wars.
They are not out protesting with their smart phones and laptops. They are our military. They give up their comforts, their families, their limbs, and their lives going into battles for America. This is true honor. This is true deprivation. This is true courage and bravery.
We salute these men and women, those who are in battles right now, those who are home safe, those who are maimed, those who have given their lives. God bless them, their families, and America. And God help us all.
So let’s take a look at this other side of the story, our soldiers and what it is really like for them:
This picture was not allowed to be shown in the media. Photograph by Maya Alleruzzo from the slide show “Scenes from the Surge” at her website. You can see why this kind of scene is kept from us. This is war and we are told it is necessary. Is this necessary?
It is important that his mother hugs him because who else will do so now? Only his mother who loves him unconditionally.
More than 300,000 US troops have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and these findings offer new hopes for treating veterans wounded by explosive devices and grenades.
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.
Taps written by Horace Lorenzo Trim