Some fell at the hand of the enemy,
and some fell at the hand of the enemy within.
There were 313 combat deaths in the military in 2012.
There were 325 suicides in the military in 2012.
I thought of Carri Goodwin this morning, what I could do to honor her memory today, and the memory of all those who died in the despair of injustice done to them by the military. I will act today, and every day from now on, in some small way to honor them, and to change the corrupt system that allowed the wrongs done to them. It is amazing to me, how some women I have never met, live so significantly, that the story of their life changes me forever. Good morning to you Carri, thank you for all your life has taught me. I will honor it as faithfully as God gives me grace and wisdom
When those who serve, those who pledged to make the defense of our country their sacred duty, and offered their very lives in doing so, find that they cannot count upon the values and principles publicly held as the military’s governing guidance, our military are utterly failed. When the military’s leadership appears unable, or unwilling to administer that governing guidance, and publicly held set of values written and supposedly embraced by all who serve, that leadership should be held accountable.
“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth of falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?” C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed