The Washington Post had a great article this weekend about honoring those who have been wounded as a result of military service to our country.
These are the unknown, oft-forgotten, and rarely honored that have given their life in a different way - fully 8 times as many men who have died in the war on terror have lost instead what they knew to be their normal way of life. So many will come back to deal with the loss of sight, or hearing, or the ability to walk, or talk, to feed themselves or even scratch an itch. Sadly, they will come back broken and disfigured, and suffer the fearful glances of a all-too-unexposed public, rather than the solemn respect they so very much deserve.
While it is important to remember those who have been lost, and we should place the full value of the image of God upon every life given in the service of country, there is nothing of more tangible value that we can do for the dead than to console those left behind. Paramount to this duty should be our caring for those who have returned to us in need of help.
There are so many who haven't returned to us who clearly would have wanted it this way. What better way to honor their memory?
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