Our flags should be at half mast all the time —for our soldiers who are dying in Afghanistan.
Agreed and well said.
I was in the General Surgery reception/waiting area at Balboa Naval Hospital this morning. This section is also the check in section for the C5 (Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care ) patients.
I saw many young men come in, missing one or more limbs and/or suffering from head trauma. To say it is sad is an understatement.
One Marine came in missing an arm and a leg--used a cane to get around. He sat in front of the tv and watched the endless coverage of the shootings in CO. He said a few choice curse words, then said "Who cares"?
ANother Marine came in on a wheelchair, missing one leg above the knee. He seemed even more angry than the first young man. He and the first Marine had either run into each other at the C5, or perhaps were in the same unit..not sure. Anyway, they each described to each other where their "nubs" started. The one in the wheelchair mentioned he had just seen his for the first time today..
Later, the Marine in the wheelchair rolled up to the tv and said loudly to the tv: "F###-ing drop it already. So what, they are dead. Get over it. This is all we are going to see for the next week...you people are going to make heroes out of them, and in the meantime, my brothers in Afghanistan are getting massacred every day and no one says a word about them."