An Army of One

Mar 06 2011

An Army of One

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“As of Friday, at least 4,437 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.  As of Friday, at least 1,390 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.”

In an article put out last friday Lt. Gen. John Kelly encourages Americans to stay up to date with the war on terror.

“We are only one of 5,500 American families who have suffered the loss of a child in this war,” Kelly told the Post. “The death of my boy simply cannot be made to seem any more tragic than the others.”

They shared the story of their sons death in order to illustrate what military families go through.  Right now the war in the middle east has been moved to the back of the minds of most Americans.  But this war is an everyday stressor for soldiers families and the soldiers themselves.  The lack of support for military families has become so great that the first lady had begun campaigning for military families. We need to rise and unite as a country and support our troops and support our country as we fight for our safety and freedoms.  In another article, about the struggles of soldiers both in war zones and once they return home, we see that the struggle isn’t just the fighting but the psychological harm that has come with it.

“Suicide is another damning indicator. In 2009, 347 U.S. troops were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan, while 381 in war zones committed suicide. Once home, it gets worse. Between 2005 and 2008, more than 1,000 California veterans of the two wars died from suicides, drug overdoses, and traffic accidents—three times the number killed in combat. Powerful medicines restrain that instinct in countless others.”

Americans need to know that it will get worse before it gets better, and if we do not come together as a country in support, we will crumble.  If we turn on each other, as the worlds leading super power, then we are losing all hope in ourselves and our futures.

3 Responses to “An Army of One”

  1. cobrien13 Says:

    I completely agree with this blog. If Obama decides to continue war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States must begin sending more weapons and soldiers to the two countries. The military efforts in the Middle East are very poor, which do not allow the soldiers in the two countries to complete the missions asked of them, they need the right equipment and soldiers that are not tired from being at war for months. Because of so many other issues occurring around the world, the United States has forgotten that it still has thousands of soldiers risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq each day, which is why the Obama administration must begin putting more focus and efforts into our military over seas.

  2. Brian Says:

    The War on Terror has definitely dragged on for way to long and I think many of us agree on that. The staggering numbers show us the thousands of deaths from now eight years of war. Obama’s approach to the situation has had miniscule differences from the Bush administration’s attempts. The frontline episode watched in class showed us the current halfhearted effort put into the war with a steady insertion of troops in whatever time period allowing the death toll to rise. Your points about deaths outside of the war are very important to include because of the high number of suicide deaths. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has had serious effects on soldiers for many years and certainly is in effect now.The situation is not getting better and more American people are being negatively effected I completely agree that we must all come together and support our troops, this seems to be one of the very few options left.

  3. kkoch2 Says:

    I completely agree with this post. As much as I hate to admit it, I often find myself disregarding news on the war on terror and I know that I am not the only one who does that. I am, however, going to make more of an effort to keep up with it from now on.
    In regards to the lack of support for our troops, I completely agree. I think that Americans need to come together, whether they support the war or not, and support the troops.

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