Sorry, but some posted replies on this article in the Huffington Post really upset me! Right now I’m as mad as a cut snake!
The question should not be: where they right to enroll in the first place, or was the fighting worth it. They where young people who, for whatever reason, stood up some day and went out to do, what they believed was the only appropriated thing to do.
These youngsters might have been naive to believe they would change the world for the better, by fighting for the american way of life, their flag or whatever, but who are the theoreticians and paper eaters to judge that…
Personally I prefer someone who tried and failed, or made a mistake, than ten who talk and never do anything for real!
So, the question should be: What can we do to support them now? We cry over Tsunami Casualties we will never meet. (don’t get me wrong; the Tsunami was dreadful and there’s nothing wrong in crying for lost souls in any place at any time) but when our neighbor wakes up screaming we call the cops!
By shutting down the government they, and some FD and EMS will not get payed. OK, some where excluded from this madness, but the veterans, the ones on widow’s pensions or disability annuity’s, needing to pay for their mortgage on time… Do you think that will help them feel better? Is that what they deserve, as some posted as commentary’s? Do those bloggers really regard themselves as more socially evolved humans than the involved, by posting such rudeness? Who do they think fought for their right to speak up and spread their verbal diarrhea, and every other thinkable nonsense in the Internet under the protections of the 1. amendment?
BTW, I am just a firefighter and I had a few of my colleagues commit suicide over the past 20 years, because of C-PTSD. I was lucky I guess and just hit the wall and quit. A “tossing diary” helped me. Feel free to contact me for further informations.
There is a great book about this, in german:
“Wenn der Krieg nicht endet: Schicksale von traumatiesierten Soldaten und Ihren Angehörigen,
by Leah Wizelman http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8594115-wenn-der-krieg-nicht-endet
The English version should come out this autumn, but can be pre-orderd via Amazon.com
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost