In today’s Washington Post we read an article entitled Army wife’s blog about her injured husband becomes a window into sacrifice . It was hard to read but it is a real and genuine window into what less than 1% of the American population, our people in uniform, are bearing up under. I wonder how many of us really care?
Why do I get the continuing and gut wrenching feeling that no one but veterans and Americans under arms care about that percentage? Here is an excerpt from the article that describes this Army wife’s daily blog about her injured husband. It will rip the heart out of your chest.
"A few paragraphs later, she described how she had struggled to tell her elder daughter, Julia, what had happened to her father.
"Did Daddy’s legs get chopped off?" the 7-year-old asked bluntly.
"Yes, baby. Daddy lost his legs but he is still daddy, and he loves you very very much," she replied.
She wrote a new entry every day for the next 32 days, opening a stoic and unusually eloquent record of what a military family endures after a soldier is badly wounded. "
So let me ask you America, what exactly did this young captain lose his legs for? What was the reason? What was he sent over to a war zone to defend? What was the danger to this country that he was placed in harm’s way to stop? How do we answer to him and to his family when they look at us and ask us exactly what was this incredible personal sacrifice for, what did it accomplish?
Don’t look away. Think about this. This is a real human being with a family and a future.
We sent him there. Why?
CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)