Brian McLane

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FREEDOM ISN'T FREE

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

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By far, the most pressing issue for our returning heroes is medical care and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. The horrors of war on the nightly news, or on special reports are sometimes hard enough to stomach. But imagine having to actually deal with returning from action missing a limb, or trying to forget some of the images imprinted on your brain. This requires thorough and extensive treatment. Sometimes it seems that we are not doing all we can for our veterans.

I have always had a great admiration for the military. My impressions over time have been formed in some instances by what I had seen in the media and others have been directly personal. Movies like “The Deer Hunter” or a television series like “Band of Brothers” have had an effect. The nightly news also makes an impact as one wonders how these young men and women are able to endure challenges beyond what most ordinary men would face. But none perhaps are as poignant as the stories I have heard, and continue to hear, from a man named Frank Hodes.

My wife is from the Republic of Georgia. When I met her she was visiting Florida in the same development where my mom lives and introduced me to a man named Frank Hodes, a recipient of the Purple Heart. He is a WWII veteran who landed on Utah Beach and fought his way inland for three months until he was shot and injured in the autumn of 1944. His leg was shot up badly and he was given some morphine and told to lay low for almost 2 days until he was brought back to safety. From France he was flown back to England where his rehabilitation took almost two years. The bravery he and his soldiers displayed fighting their way into enemy fire is as terrifying to me today as it must have been brutal then.

In the Vietnam era the circumstances may have been different but the results were the same. Many young men had been to hell and back and endured the effects of Agent-Orange. Others returned with addictions to heroin. Today, with even more powerful weapons and terrifying consequences, those who would put themselves in harm’s way to defend our way of life are greeted by scandal such as that at Walter Reed Hospital.

I myself could never be a soldier. I’m not a coward but I know enough that I couldn’t do what these brave young men and women do. I do however have an enormous respect for their personal sacrifice and have donated time and to causes in support of widows of soldiers past and present and think everyone should do at least one thing on behalf of these brave young men and women honorable. It’s the least we could do to help defend our country in an increasingly dangerous world.

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