Our country's focus has been on a struggling economy, unemployment, a divisive election and a Congress that cannot seem to compromise. A devastating hurricane hit the East Coast and the damage it inflicted has added to despair and hopelessness that so many people in America are feeling. These issues are important issues and without a doubt, deserve the attention they are getting. However, there is another population of people who have been forgotten in our news — our military men and women who are still serving in the Middle East.
These men and women accept they must serve wherever they are told to go. The very least our country can do is give them assurance that they are on the minds of our Congress and our country. War is cruel , our country alone has suffered the loss of more than 6,600 men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, more than 40,000 have been wounded in action. These numbers do not take into account the invisible wounds of coping with multiple deployments, domestic issues, homelessness, mental issues, unemployment, suicides and so forth. Our military families must deal with the issues that come with their veterans coming home, dealing with the grief and loss of a fallen loved one, keeping a family intact and functioning when a husband or wife is deployed.
No, it isn't exactly the type of reading that most of America wants with their morning coffee.
Sadly, many of you might have missed this recent news, but I would like to remember three Army Reservists who lost their lives last weekend, Staff Sgt. Dain Venne, Spc. Ryan Jayne, and Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz from New York. They and all our fallen and our veterans are the reason for Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. I hope you will take time to remember them all. Let's keep our troops in the news America, they deserve it.
Donna Teresa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org