Of Cruel Winds and Survivors…
** DOW DEATH SPIRAL™ **
|Trade Time:||4:06PM Aug 29,2008
|Day’s Range:||11543.39 – 11713.23|
|52wk Range:||10,732.00 – 14,280.00|
With the memory of katrina and the estimated 1600 poor souls lost in that storm still fresh in our minds, it’s easy to feel empathic pain and horror for those that survived the last disaster, and are now facing gustav down in New Orleans. That goes for those facing a hit by hanna too. For me, there is a much larger group of disaster survivors I want to keep in the public eye. These are the members of the military, and the civilians who have survived the ill winds of war and suffered the loss of loved ones in the disaster of war.
As a father with a son in the military, I can tell you that we military family members survive wars and all too often survive our deceased family members. The death toll in Iraq stands at over a million poor souls killed, and an uncounted number injured. It is clear to me that even when some do not suffer physical injury, they are injured just the same…
The following is a message I received from just such a survivor about we survivors. It is reprinted here with her permission.
I REMEMBER GOING THROUGH THE VIETNAM DAYS…..THE MARCHES, THE LETTERS, THE SIGNS, DEMONSTRATIONS OF ONE FORM OR ANOTHER…..THE WHOLE NINE YARDS….IT TRULY BOTHERS ME THAT WE ARE STILL MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES SO MANY YEARS LATER.
I DO MENTION ON MY PROFILE THAT I HAVE A SON IN THE ARMY SO I GUESS I HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF BALANCE AS YOU DO…..LOL. WHEN I SEND SMOKE (PRAYERS) TO THE GREAT SPIRIT I’LL ADD YOUR SON ALONG WITH MINE IN THERE BUT THEN I SEND SMOKE FOR ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN.
MY SON’S DAD WAS VIETNAM AND I REMEMBER REAL WELL HIM SAYING THAT HE WOULD NEVER FIGHT IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY AGAIN FOR THEY LIED TO US ALL. HE SAID HE’D BE THE FIRST ONE WITH A GUN IN HIS HAND IF THEY CAME ONTO OUR SOIL….WE LIVED AT THE BEACH SO HE WOULD SAY….IF THEY CAME ONTO THE BEACH I’D BE THE FIRST ONE OUT THERE WITH A GUN BUT NOT BEFORE. TOOK HIM A LOT OF YEARS TO GET HIS LIFE TOGETHER WHEN HE CAME BACK. I MET HIM 12 YEARS AFTER HIS RETURN AND HE WAS STILL WORKING IT THROUGH…..DON’T KNOW IT YOU EVER TRULY WORK THOSE THINGS THROUGH.
MY HUSBAND DIED ALMOST 5 YEARS AGO TO CANCER SO HE IS NOT AROUND TO HAVE ANY INPUT TO MY SON SIGNING UP…..BUT MY HUSBANDS BEST FRIEND WHO WAS LIKE A BROTHER TO HIM WROTE MY SON A LONG LETTER….IN THE FRAME WORK OF “AS YOUR FATHER ISN’T HERE”…..I APPRECIATED LUCIENS EFFORTS BUT KEITH STILL WANTED TO SIGN UP.
WE WERE ALWAYS A COMMUNITY ORIENTATED FAMILY…..WE AS A FAMILY DID A LOT OF VOLUNTEERING AND BEING INVOLVED WITH OUR COMMUNITY IN MANY WAYS. IT DOES NOT SURPRISE ME THAT KEITH WOULD WANT TO SERVE BUT HE HAD SPOKEN MORE ALONG THE LINES OF JOINING THE POLICE OR FIRE DEPT. IN FACT HE WAS IN POLICE EXPLORERS IN HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA AND WHEN WE MOVED TO MAINE HE JOINED THE VOLUNTARY FIRE DEPT. HE HAD NOT SPOKEN OF THE MILITARY SO IT SORT OF CAUGHT ME OFF GUARD. HE KNOWS MY FEELINGS ON THIS WAR….I WAS ALSO AGAINST THIS FROM THE BEGINNING.
BUT MY SON IS 20 YEARS OLD SO HE HAS HIS OWN MIND AND HIS OWN LIFE…..HE JUST WANTED TO JOIN FOR HIS OWN NOBEL REASONS….TO HELP SOMEONE…..PROTECT HIS COUNTRY. HE JUST GOT OUT OF BASIC TRAINING MAY 31 AND I DROVE DOWN TO SC TO BE WITH HIM FOR FAMILY DAY AND HIS GRADUATION. HE IS CURRENTLY AT FT. LEE, VA…..
MY FAMILY IS VERY SMALL….I’VE ONLY AN AGED MOM, A FEW AGED AUNTS, MY SON, DAUGHTER AND HER 1 YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL. THAT IS IT.
KEITH IS THE ONLY MALE IN THE ENTIRE FAMILY…..MY DAD IS DECEASED, I’VE NO SIBLINGS MALE OR FEMALE, NO UNCLES, SO KEITH IS IT…..THE ONLY MALE….BEING A FAIRLY YOUNG WIDOW AND STILL FEELING THE STING OF THAT RECENT ENOUGH LOSS….I TRY NOT TO THINK TOO HARD ON WHERE HE MAY BE SENT.
EACH DAY I SEE THE NUMBERS BUT BEHIND EACH NUMBER IS A REAL PERSON. THAT PERSON IS LOVED AND MISSED BEYOND WORDS BY SOMEONE…..AND THESE LEADERS THAT PUSH US INTO THESE WARS COULD GIVE A SHIT.
I LISTENED TO THE RETURNING VETERANS FROM VIETNAM…..HOW THEY FOUGHT TO TAKE A HILL….WATCH THE SOLDIER BESIDE THEM BE BLOWN TO PIECES….PERHAPS THE ONE WHO BECAME THEIR BEST FRIEND….ONLY TO TAKE THE HILL AND BE TOLD TO WALK AWAY FROM IT. WHAT THE F*** MY FRIEND WAS SHOT TO PIECES FOR WHAT?!?!?
I HEARD TOO MANY SIMILAR STORIES…..ANOTHER MAN I DATED SPENT 8 MONTHS IN A TIGAR CAGE….HE ATE WHAT CRAWLED INTO THE CAGE….IF HE WAS A GOOD BOY HE SAID THEY MIGHT GIVE HIM SOME RICE. THEY USE TO COME AND SHOOT HIM UP WITH DRUGS TO KEEP HIM QUIET AND CALM…..HE CAME BACK WITH A HABIT.
HE WAS THE SWEETEST MAN…..HAD THIS GOLDEN BLONDE HAIR DOWN HIS BACK AND A FU MAN CHU MUSTACHE. BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES…..HE USE TO SING TO ME AND PLAY
HIS GUITAR AND WE HAD GREAT TIMES TOGETHER…..BUT THERE WAS THIS FLIP SIDE. HIS NIGHTS WERE FILLED WITH TERROR…..HE NEVER SLEPT SOUND…..HE TOLD ME TO NEVER TOUCH HIM WHEN HE WAS ASLEEP…..HE SAID HE WAS AFRAID HE’D HIT ME OR SOMETHING NOT MEANING TO HURT ME…..HE DIDN’T TRUST HIS REACTION.
WE FINALLY HAD TO STOP SEEING EACH OTHER…..HE JUST GOT TOO DEEP WITHIN THE WAR AGAIN IN HIS MIND…..I REMEMBER HIM SAYING GOOD BYE TO ME….HE HAD TEARS IN HIS EYES…..SAID IT WASN’T BECAUSE HE DIDN’T CARE ABOUT ME THAT HE WAS SAYING GOOD BYE IT WAS BECAUSE HE DID CARE THAT MUCH ABOUT ME THAT HE DIDN’T WANT TO DRAG ME THROUGH THE HELL HE FELT COMING ON…..HIS BEST FRIEND TOLD ME ONE DAY HE HAD TO BRING HIM TO THE PSYCH HOSPITAL HE WASN’T HOLDING ANYTHING TOGETHER.
I STILL FEEL THE LOSS OF THAT ONE AND IT HAS BEEN MANY YEARS…..EVEN THOUGH I EVENTUALLY DID MARRY A WONDERFUL MAN I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT MIGHT OF BEEN WITH PAUL AND I BUT THE LEGACY OF VIETNAM I’LL NEVER KNOW….I AM JUST ONE SMALL STORY.
MY GOOD FRIEND JUST LOST HER HUSBAND 2 YEARS AGO…..HE PUT A GUN TO HIS HEAD. HE SUFFERED FOR YEARS WITH AGENT ORANGE…..HE TRIED FOR YEARS TO GET MEDICAL HELP BEFORE THE GOVT. ACKNOWLEDGED THE AGENT ORANGE AFFECTS…IT WAS FINALLY TOO MUCH FOR HIM…..HE LEFT A LONG LETTER AND AN APOLOGY TO HER…..THE VIETNAM WAR GOT ANOTHER ONE BUT HIS NAME WILL NEVER GO ON THE WALL.
SOME CAME BACK IN BODY BAGS….SOME CAME BACK….BUT DID THEY REALLY?
DGNABIT! As nobama and mcPain go to great campaign lengths to show how well they handle the gustav disaster and you see the pictures of them patting katrina/gustav/hanna survivors on the back, it would be wise to remember that they both have repeatedly voted to continue the war disaster!
SONOFABUSH! The dem and repub presidential campaigns will be using the gusatv/hanna disaster to cover up their celebdidates complicity in all the other disasters we as a nation are facing. So as you read the reports about mcPain handing out bottled water, and nobama rushing down to get his photo op too. Remember the other disasters that are ongoing. The war disaster. The health care disaster. The economic disaster. Remember that both mcPain and nobama have been in power and taking part in CREATING THOSE DISASTERS! They are both as bad as that out of control killer cowboy g’dubya!
Then get real, and support and vote for the only presidential candidate WHO WILL FIX THESE DISASTERS!
The Telepathic Crickets™ on the ClapSotronics editorial board and I would like to thank Dandelion for being “mitakuye oyasin” (my people) and as I’ve said to her before: Mitakuye oyasin lel ohinni e yelo! (all my people are still here!) both are translated from the original Lakota. We are, me and my people, survivors of endless disasters…
Don’t forget to stop by our satirical sister blog:
Make sure YOU WATCH THIS VIDEO!
The scientifically impossible I do right away
The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer