Happy Memorial Day:
May 30th, 2016:
He did not understand the war --
He understood the blistering injustice of it; the stroke-like fear in the faraway sight of the raped as they blamed him for not being there; the accusing eyes of the children that leered from atop distended bellies even as they starved; the seeping lines of grief lacerated into the faces of fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives who had lost all they loved; the tortured and the maimed becoming in part or in whole separate from who they once were; and the Dali-draped carcasses of the dead…
The evil of the war bored into his heart, twisted with agony until he learned to ignore it --
Until he could ignore it no longer. - from The Invisible War aka The Forgotten War, a short story, by Kevin O'Kendley
He’d seen a lot of death in his life but it hadn’t inured him to the pain of it, the tragedy, the loss, the suffering. On the contrary, it had a cumulative effect; on darker days this effect swamped him in a Tsunami of emotion: after all the smaller waves passed a big one threatened. He would watch it nearing shore with a rising dread… - from Chandler's Bar, a novel, by Kevin O'Kendley
Please give to: The Paralyzed Veterans of America/ VA Palo Alto Health Care System/
3801 Miranda Avenue/ Palo Alto, California, 94304/ 650-858-3936
And: The Wounded Warrior Project/ National Processing Center/ P.O. Box 75840/ Topeka, Kansas, 66675/ 877-832-6997
added 7/28: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONOR. I LOVE YOU.
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