The Gut-Wrenching Effect of Remembrance and Loss on Memorial Day

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“What’s the last thing you remember telling him before he died?”

Kyle (far left) and me (center). Kyle’s team was a replacement after I was wounded in action.

Every day, he woke up and told himself, “Rest in peace. Now get up and go to war.” And then, after a few years of pretending he was dead, he made it out alive. That’s the trick of it, I think.

The Voice of Loss

“We used to share a cot.”

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Even the Chaplain Doesn’t Have Answers

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Veteran Loss and Trump

So how do veterans feel when their commander in chief blames their fellow service members for their friend’s loss?

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Remembrance

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
—President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower

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