“COMBAT!” was my father’s favorite TV show when I was growing up. This WWII drama featured a frontline infantry squad fighting in Europe. The series aired from 1962 to 1967 and starred Vic Morrow as U.S. infantryman Sergeant Saunders.
My father was a sergeant in the infantry during WWII. I inherited his shoebox of war medals and souvenirs, as well as the Mauser he mailed to my mother from Europe. The Mauser was the most common rifle used by the German army during the war.
He never talked much about his experience. From what I could tell, he didn’t suffer from war wounds—physical or psychic. He was one of the lucky ones.
This week on OurValues.org, we’ve discussed the plight of the unlucky ones—the hundreds of thousands veterans who are ignored, mistreated, or neglected. The numbers of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with physical and invisible wounds are staggering. (Scroll down to read our earlier articles this week.)
“I think it’s unconscionable the way we treat our veterans,” said Wendy Robbins said in a comment on OurValues.org. “We put them in harm’s way, they experience horrors we can’t even imagine, and then we abandon them when they come home.”
The recurring great tragedy is that we have always treated veterans badly, as Greg pointed.
Memorial Day is right around the corner. I’ve decided to skip the observances this year. On Memorial Day, I will tell you why.
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