Mission Ends in Afghanistan, but Sacrifices Are Not Over for U.S. Soldiers

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/us/mission-ends-but-sacrifices-are-not-over-for-us-soldiers.html?_r=0

imagesUS Army soldiers walk past burning M-ATV after it struck an improvised explosive device near Combat Outpost Nolen in the Arghandab Valley

 

I came across this article and thought with all the attention the Superbowl and Grammy’s get it would be nice to bring this back to the forefront, at least for a moment. Being a Soldier for 11 years with 3 tours and being a Scout I could naturally relate to the story, sharing a lot of same emotions that these soldiers/families are going through, anxiety, fear, anger. It really just brought back somethings for me as I was there when we pulled out of Iraq at the end of 2011 and those feelings and emotions associated with it, having spend 3 years there fighting…The article highlights the loss of one soldier in particular, SFC Ramon Morris, who happened to be on his 5th tour and was the last official casualty of Operation Enduring Freedom, which ended at the end of 2014. SFC Morris was struck with an IED, Improvised Explosive Device, (an example of a heavily armored vehicle struck by an IED is displayed above) and he and his gunner were killed instantly. SFC Morris left behind a fiance and a 3 year old. So even though most of the bases have been turned over and the conflict is not over, also pointed out by the author, as some 12,000 troops will stay behind to “advise & train” the Afghan Army indefinitely. So my only request is that for a moment, maybe just the time it took you to read this paragraph, you think about those US Soldiers and their families and the sacrifices that have and will be made.

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One Response to Mission Ends in Afghanistan, but Sacrifices Are Not Over for U.S. Soldiers

  1. sydhavely says:

    This is a tough and enduring issue–for the soldiers, their families, and for all those who support our troops. They are not appreciated for their sacrifice. A discussion of “American Sniper” seems to be resonating across the public media, hopefully in a way that brings light and understanding to those who go to war, who return, and who have to re-assemble their lives and for the impact those who didn’t has on them. Charlie Rose hosted one such poignant discussion of the issue and the movie: http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60513088. The “American Sniper” segment starts a few minutes after guest Nick Burns talks about Ukraine. Great post, Chris.

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