“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” G.K. Chesterton
Mother Goose salutes with a heart heavy today. Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and a local hero, Army Spc. John Schule were both taken too early from their families and our nation. My heart breaks at the loss of these fine servicemen — once again, our words cannot ever express the grief and pain at this horrible loss.
Kyle had survived four tours in Iraq and had been honored with seven medals for his extreme service. He had written his autobiography, American Sniper, and after making his own difficult transition back into civilian life, was following his passion of helping other veterans who suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). He was a loving husband and father to his family.
We bow our heads and pray for his family and friends.
We wonder what we can do to help veterans who suffer daily from their experiences in the decade-long wars.
Army Specialist John Schule was only twenty years old at the time of his passing last week at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Also decorated for his service and his deployment to Afghanistan, Shule was a brave paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. His death is under investigation. His military funeral is today in Carpentersville, IL. His mother has requested and will receive a Gold Star Banner in honor of her son.
I was reading this morning that 70,000 of our nation’s veterans suffer from some form of PTSD, some mildly, some much more severely. Doctors recognize this horrific number and are working to treat those men and women as fully as possible, but the troubles often linger for years.
Though the wars are drawing down and the foreign battles are ending for our country’s soldiers and sailors, for some of our veterans, the battles rage on inside of them. As long as our veterans suffer, the war will continue.
I don’t have all the answers, I’m only a goose.
But there are ways to help, there are ways to volunteer, there are service providers who need to be connected to veterans in YOUR community. There is help available for anyone who needs it. Think about how you can make a difference in the life of a veteran.
Freedom is never free.
The sacrifices they’ve made can never be repaid.
But we must never stop caring for those who have paid the price for our freedom.
We salute you today, and we ask God’s blessings and comfort for your families and friends.