Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light (Madeleine L'Engle).
“You don't get a purple heart for being mentally shot.” J.M. Gillespie, Iraq and Back: A Journey with Depression
“We are part of what society can't bear to remember. Because if they really think about it, if they really look at us and realize the cost we've paid to keep them safe. They can't live with the guilt.” Barbara Nickless, Blood on the Tracks
“The combat during the war was only a part of the horror. When soldiers came home, they were faced with new challenges, new fights to be won. When the anti-war public sentiment was strong, as it was during the Vietnam war, our brave soldiers came home to expressions of disdain and revulsion instead of the … Continue reading INDIGNITIES OF WAR
“You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you’ll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.” Siegfried Sassoon, Counter-Attack and Other Poems
“This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans. As a civilian I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground. … Continue reading THE UNPAYABLE DEBT