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Examiner
  • Sandy Turner: Is it just a day set aside for grilling hamburgers?

  • Although Memorial Day actually began as a time to give gratitude to those who died while serving in our nation’s military, I doubt many of us will give a second thought to the war that is still taking our loved ones away from us.

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  • Although Memorial Day actually began as a time to give gratitude to those who died while serving in our nation’s military, I doubt many of us will give a second thought to the war that is still taking our loved ones away from us.
    Its name began as the war in Iraq, but after they moved to Afghanistan they named it Operation Enduring Freedom. At first I was positive we should send our military to the source of who caused so much grief on September 11. Now, nearly 13 years later, with more than 2,000 men and women dead, and a country full of people pointing fingers, I’m beginning to wonder if it will ever be over.
    This war has now become the longest war in American history. We’ve become so accustomed to it, it’s not even really talked about anymore in the media. How sad for our military, being away from home, having to deal with living conditions we can’t even begin to imagine, while the majority of us have forgotten we’re still a nation at war. What happened to “united we stand?”
    The media are more than happy to share who did what or who should have done this or that, but in the end, does it really matter? Americans are losing their lives in a far away country that more than likely will never have peace. People are comparing this war to Vietnam. I don’t know much about the politics of any war and don’t care to. What I see is our military coming home to a nation that isn’t particularly grateful for their service and sacrifice. These men and women who serve to protect our freedom are losing their limbs, minds, families and homes while we’re cooking hamburgers on the grill.
    I called the VA to get an appointment for Dad. Nothing serious, just a prescription refill. He has to be seen by a doctor to get his “happy” pills, even though he doesn’t particularly seem happy or sad right now. The next available appointment is in September.
    It’s awesome the government provides free medical care for our military, but I do worry for these folks who need to be seen sooner than five months out. They will refill his pills, with an appointment on the books, and I hope this isn’t the norm for all appointments needed. If it is, perhaps we need more than one VA hospital to accommodate so many cities full of military.
    What do we give in return to our military, policemen, firefighters for putting their lives on the line. A day set aside to memorialize them for their deaths? How about better pay? More respect?
    Celebrate Memorial Day with your families, but please celebrate those who protect us every day.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sandy Turner lives in Independence. Email her at sandydownhome@hotmail.com
     
     
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