War Anniversary is Coming up...Does anyone care?

As an Army wife I face many important dates alone. Dates that mean something only to me and my husband or to my family. However, this week marks the fifth year our men and women have been sent off to a war that has now destroyed our economy. We can stop the debate on why we went into Iraq but we need to discuss what that one fatal decision has done to our great nation.

We have lost many brave lives over there yet those losses really to do not compare to the fact our economy is failing. I believe we should support our troops but not at the cost of my children's future.

Robin Hayes and the Republicans believe that speaking out against this war is harming our troops. No it is not. Not speaking out and sending real leaders to Washington, like Larry Kissell, is wrong. I am an Army wife and I am proud of my husband and his fellow soldiers. It is time to speak up and say that we are mad and we aren't going to take it anymore.

I would love to ask Robin Hayes a couple of simple questions and see his reaction.

Question #1:
Could you live on the salary of a military family?

Question #2:
Could you raise your children alone for 15 months, without help?

I think I know the answer...NO. He is out of touch with the military family. He only cares about the defense contractors. But without wives like me willing to sacrifice daily, the defense contractors would not have a job. It is time to send a man to DC to show them who is in charge and it is not the defense contrators...it is WE THE PEOPLE.

Help military families of Cumberland County and spread the word that Larry Kissell is leader who can be change to Washington.



With all the happy hoopla about Elliot Spitzer, and which presidential candidate is rejecting and denouncing a consiglieri, we can't forget that Bush's War, the one that he lied us into, is still going on.

Our soldiers, our husbands, wives, sons, sisters, brothers, daughters, friends and neighbors are still gone. Some will never return, some will return irrevocably broken.

While they're gone, their families still have to confront all of the issues of day to day life, large and small, without the benefit of the comfort and counsel of their loved one.

Use your talents, your time, your money, and yes, even your keyboards, to help send Larry and other Democrats to Congress, so that Washington's priorities won't hurt Fayetteville - and every other town in NC. (and the US)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Thanks, Armywife

In the middle of all our blogwars and arguments over irrelevant whatever, I'm glad you bring us back to the issue of the day.

This primary and this general election are about ending the war in Iraq and restoring America's moral standing in the world. Robin Hayes is part of the problem, and Larry will be part of the solution.

Iraq should not be forgotten

Thanks Armywife for your entry! I hope that all candidates running for office this cycle, don't forget how the public feels about our involvement in Iraq. I also hope that when in office, they will work to create a responsible exit strategy. One that removes us quickly, without ignoring the dangers we have created for the Iraqi people.

Human Cost

Thanks for posting armywife and reminding us of the human cost we can easily forget. Some of my most useful current affairs information comes from Discover Magazine. Before the MSM wave they were writing about wounded in Iraq and the human costs.

Dead Men Walking
"What sort of future do brain-injured Iraq veterans face?"

In a flash, the blast incinerates air, sprays metal, burns flesh. Milliseconds after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonates, a blink after a mortar shell blows, an overpressurization wave engulfs the human body, and just as quickly, an underpressure wave follows and vanishes. Eardrums burst, bubbles appear in the bloodstream, the heart slows. A soldier—or a civilian—can survive the blast without a single penetrating wound and still receive the worst diagnosis: traumatic brain injury, or TBI, the signature injury of the Iraq War.

The military has done a spectacular job repairing bodies, but it has not yet learned how to put lives back together. "More lives are being saved," says Bolles. "At the same time, those that are being saved are the more critically injured. There's a higher incidence of permanently disabled people." America isn't prepared for the injured's medical demands. After the dream-team care is finished, soldiers are finding themselves trapped in a nightmare.

Another Discover article regarding civilians in Iraq is sobering:
Iraq’s Medical Meltdown
"The bombings are only the beginning of the story. What comes next for Iraq’s wounded is a frightening descent into a rapidly crumbling health-care system."

The NYT was close behind:
Surgery and Recovery, Then Back to Iraq
"A look at the work of Doctors Without Borders, treating badly wounded Iraqi civilians." - in Jordan, graphic narrated slideshow.

For War’s Gravely Injured, Challenge to Find Care

The military health care system, which is so advanced in its treatment of lost limbs, has been scrambling to deal with an unanticipated volume of traumatic brain-injury cases that it was ill equipped to handle. Largely because of the improvised explosive devices used by insurgents in Iraq, traumatic brain injury has become a signature wound of this war, with 1,882 cases treated to date, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.

The Washington Post has investigated in depth:
Wounded Warrior at Home
"Walter Reed and Beyond follows the care and treatment of the men and women who came home from battle in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. It examines the promises made, and the reality lived, in the aftermath of war." (may require free registration to view)

Yet these victims of war, soldiers and civilians, are easily bumped out of consciousness by the wars of rhetoric and privatization.

Victims of the Iraq war

Thanks to all that have been moved by my posting and have added great comments. There are many things wrong with this war but unforunately rest of society doesn't understand the REAL cost of this war...human dignity. At this vital time in our nations crossroads, I felt it was time to show the other side of the issue...military families and how this war is changing their lives.

I didn't ask to be put in this position but I feel strongly that if I don't speak out no one else will. I want everyone in our community and rest of America to understand there are consequences to authorizing the war in Iraq. We have loss nearly 4,000 soldiers in Iraq, more than on 9/11, where is the public outcry? It is drowned out by the Republicans calling people unAmerican and traitors. I am not a traitor to my
husband because I have spoken out rather I am a patriot because I chose to speak out on injustices.

There are many untold stories that we aren't talking about for fear. Fear should not hold us back in electing good leaders to bring dignity and honor back to our Armed Services. I am angry and I want change. The treatment of soldiers at Walter Reed is sickening but how many more stories are there in other clinics and hospitals in America? We ask this young men and women to risk their lives for us and this is how we repay them.

I am reminded of a family that went before Congress last week to talk about there son's suicide in Iraq. Their story is not uncommon but no one wants to talk about it. Why? Because of fear. The Department of Defense doesn't want to acknowledge that suicide rates are up among our service members because it highlights their lack of respone to their mental health needs. Soldiers are told if they seek outside mental health help they are putting their military career on the line. Shouldn't we do more than what Robin Hayes suggested look into the matter? Should we not ask for a reform of the mental health issue for our soldiers?

I could talk for hours and days on what is not getting done for our military but I will focus on what can get done. We can elect leaders like Larry Kissell and others to Congress to bring real reforms to Washington and Pentagon. Let's take time each day to remember our military and their families, because they are sacrificing each day for you.