The buzz about the dead and wounded in Iraq has been all over the net for the past few weeks. And what did I come across today but yet another posting on The Huffington Post about why soldiers forget.
They simply don’t have the luxury of grieving. And the Bush administration is doing all it can to not remind people of the body count. That we’re rapidly approaching 2,500 dead (Which is remarkable considering we only have a force of 130,000 in Iraq, or 1.9% dead), and well over 15,000 wounded (11.5%). Yes, trauma medicine has caught up but quality of life after the ‘repair’ is still not 100%.
And as these troops rotate back home they’re getting some sort of welcome, at least here in RI the Governor, the Major General of the RI National Guard etc. all show up for homecomings.
But during that same time the Bush administration has pretty much cut off any benefits to those returning soldiers.
This is what Memorial Day is all about.