Thursday, June 5, 2014

POW release, Prisoner swap, and what we should really be talking about.

Okay so I've already been on my soap box today on Facebook about this subject. I thought I would share it on here too.

First and foremost let me just say its great for his family to have him home, but I think there is a lot more to this story than anyone knows. I have followed this story for a while, but I obviously don't have first hand facts. I think there is a lot of explaining that needs to be done with this. And I also don't really see how the Taliban get 5 pretty big guys for 1 man but whatever.

That's all I'm going to say opinion wise of this event. My real issue here is the fact that 2 US Soldiers will killed in action in Afghanistan this week. In the last 7 days two heroes, two sons and brothers were killed and there has been no mention except from the DOD and their local area papers.

There is a wife who is now a widow, 2 sets of parents who have lost a dear son, and siblings left with a missing piece. They are all left behind to pick up themselves up and move forward, but I don't know if there is a moving forward after a loss like that or starting over. While all the media outlets are talking about a prisoner swap, and saying Bergdahl is a hero or a traitor, or goodness just talking about what this celebrity or the celebrity is doing there are families whose world fell apart.

In the last month, we have had two other service members killed in Afghanistan and another killed in Jordan in a training accident. This past Friday there was a training accident at Fort Bragg. This incident I heard nothing about until I was on the Military Dad Facebook page.

Throughout this story there have been numerous stories about the men who were killed while searching for Bergdahl. I think the best way to honor them is to keep their names alive, and the names of other veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To remember the families left behind and make sure they are taken care of and to always remember those who are still overseas.

So tonight remember the names of the fallen: That is 6 in the last month. Names that haven't been all over the news, the families were not given time with the President, and weren't able to talk to the media about how amazing their loved one was.

Capt. Jason B. Jones, of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colorado
Spec. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, California (non combat related)
Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona
Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, of Oceanside, California
Sgt. Shaina B. Schmigel of Medina, New York (killing in training at Fort Bragg)

I personally wear KIA bracelets for CPO. Jon Tumilson (Navy Seal killed in the Extortion 17 Helicopter that was shot down) and one for HM2 Clayton Beauchamp (Navy corps man, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012. My brother was on the Medevac helicopter that picked him up)

So in times like these, rather than talk about the controversy talk about the heroes. Take time to honor the fallen, and pray for those remaining.

This video shows the pain of these losses and those who have to pay for the price of war.

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