March 23, 2005

Effects of War

The effects of war stay with us, as a society and as an individuals, long after the participants (survivors) head home.

For example, remember the story about Jeffrey Lucey last summer? The young soldier returned home and killed himself because he could not bear the burden of his memories, including allegedly being ordered to kill two unarmed men in Iraq.

What, you don’t remember this story about one of the costs of war? Why, that’s odd. And if you do remember it, you’re probably a MA resident, a Boston Globe reader or a Frontline viewer.

We’re told “War is Hell” and somehow that is supposed to dismiss all such incidents. If you like sausages, it’s best not to look too closely at their manufacture.

So, is this what democracy looks like up close?

Jeffrey Lucey paid the ultimate price when he stepped up to do what his government (you) asked him to do. His burden has ended, but his family is still paying that price. They and many others like them have to make sense of the changes we have put them through.

Posted by James at March 23, 2005 9:32 AM
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Good thing the Bush Administration has cut funding for veterans' benefits, isn't it? Lord knows these people won't need counseling for PTSD when their tours of duty end (if they end).

Posted by: Patti M. at March 24, 2005 9:18 AM

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