Bringing Soldiers Home

We aren’t at war. Our soldiers are at war. It’s their war. Why? Because if we make it their war, we do not have to look at the situation. 

It was so easy to briefly notice the President talk about ISIL/ISIS, and then go about our very hectic lives. But to toss the war to the soldiers is like blaming the farmers for the weather. It is easy to do. And it is wrong.  

Is This My War? Photo Credit: Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Is This My War?
Photo Credit: Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Soldiers, men and women, are heroes. Real heroes, not the cartoonish versions. They risk their lives for me. And for you. I can’t imagine living where you could die any moment or lose friends you have bonded with by blood. I can’t visualize losing a hand, an arm, a foot, a leg – or scrambling my brain. My mind won’t stretch that far. If we must battle, then the rest of us should see the blood and guts version on TV news – every night until the decades-long war ends.

Soldiers come home different people than the war innocents who left. They are more. And when they are homeless, unemployed or incapacitated, then we have broken our contract with them. It is our responsibility.

So as much as I hate to, I am calling for a renewal of the draft. And I am calling for absolutely no exclusions. House members must send their daughters and sons. Senate members must do the same as well as send their grandchildren. Even the President. Then maybe things would change…war would not be a slick turn of hand. War would be reality.

Check Out “The Last Patrol,” a documentary by Sebastian Junger about soldiers returning home. Now showing on HBO.

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