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The Verities of War

By Remy Benoit

   The  battlefield  leads to many  questions.

   All that lives have known before comes undone.

   And that leads to confusion, pain, and very often, later in life  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

   As a nation we are responsible to those we send to serve.

   Will we be there for them  when they come home and need us?

   That is the Covenant we make with them.

   Let us not fail in our part of it.

From  the New York Times today: Haunting Thoughts After Battle by Steven Lee Myers.

   What can you do now?

   Write to someone in active combat. There are many sites listed here at WHS.

   Visit with a Veteran in a VA hospital. Take some magazines, a book, a smile, a hug, and a thank you.  Too busy?  They weren't too busy to serve so you could have a full calendar of activities of your choice.

Remind your representatives to support legislation and funding for Veterans. Make it clear you do NOT want the budget cut for them.

Be there, loud and clear, for our Veterans regardless of your position on the war.


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