It started out as “US twin-rotor Chinook helicopter crash 16-31 killed in Wardak province Afg” -no confirmation that it was enemy fire #military 30 hours ago” That was my tweet @TheMajPain as I began to hear the news through different sources. Tragic and now there are several dozen mothers, wives, and kids missing a part of their lives. This event is terrible and is never easy to take but this is the exact way I feel whenever I lose even one Marine. This is the way I feel when I sit with a pen and piece of paper in front of me as I gather my thoughts in a letter to their wife or to their parents. I’ve written too many of those letters. It never is easy.
Some may argue, “This is worse, this is 30+ of our best.” It is a terrible loss, but if I only lose one it doesn’t mean it warrants any less attention than if we lose 30. The military is a dangerous profession and it’s damn dangerous when you’re in combat and someone is trying to kill you. Some have forgotten this. That rock you feel in your gut when you read we have lost thirty is the exact way many of us feel when we lose one. The way a mother, father, wife feels when they are notified of the loss.
It’s an immediate reflection of how much America has become out of touch to our fight against terrorism that it takes 30 of America’s best to pay the ultimate price to have Americans stop and ponder, “Oh yeah, we are still at war.” If you aren’t affiliated with the military, you have probably become somewhat callused about the war on terrorism and the sacrifices those that go forward are giving.
As thirty warriors pass on as heroes, we have to ask ourselves have we forgotten all of those that have paid the ultimate price? We are still at war, don’t for forget it, and don’t forget all those who have paid the price for our freedom.
Time for a CGar – for the American heroes