Winston Churchill in his speech on August 20, 1940 put it so well:
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
He was referring to the Allied and RAF forces that defended England and by working together the Allied forces finally crushed the Nazi juggernaut. But many gave their lives in this endeavor. Many were maimed mentally and physically. Some never came home.
Now we are engaged in skirmishes and conflicts. Nothing major. Not a world wide war at least. But our boys and girls are suffering in the same way as if it was a world war. Maimed and dying.
Mothers and fathers loose their child. Brothers and sisters loose a sibling. Wife's and husbands lose their spouse. Children loose a parent. And that to me is the saddest part of this. They never got to know them. Dad was half way around the world when they were born and was lost in combat. They learn about them in stories they read or hear. For those who did have a chance to know dad, the loss is gut wrenching. If that doesn't rip your heart out, you're not human.
The pain and suffering. The emptiness. The sorrow. Shrinks and others say they know what they're going through. Bull Shit! Unless you have gone through that, you have no idea what it's like.
We should take care of those left behind. For the remaining spouse and the kids, pay off the mortgage. Pay off the car note. Put money in escrow for the kids to go to collage. Let them shop at the PX and use base doctors and hospitals. And bury them when they die.
For those that do come back regardless of mental or physical status, should we honor them? Yes. Are they above us? No. They're John and Jane nobody who has gone off to serve their county and to defend the ones they love and care about back home. And to protect those they don't even know.
"No greater love has a man than when he gives his life for a stranger."
To all the military currently serving and to those that have served. To those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To those that also sit and wait our reservists.
I can not say THANK YOU enough. May God's Angles watch over you and keep you safe.