We lost 10 lives this week through a training exercise in Washington state and attacks in Afghanistan. 10 lives. I expected a special news report. I expected people to be talking about it. I expected someone to mention it to me, knowing that my work with Veterans is very important to me. Nothing happened. Nobody called. I saw no special reports. People continued to move in and out of their lives with no mention of the loss while I moved in and out of my life those first few days of the week in mourning. MY child is home safe for a few weeks, but my sorrow for the loss of other people's children continues. It eases the angst of this never ending war to continue my work with Veterans. This week I pray that I made a difference to someone else's child, someone else's husband, someone's mother and father. I taught meditation, I introduced a new Veteran to MBSR, I facilitated a discussion between a soldier and a loved one. We do what we can, with the knowledge that we have, but there's so much more to do.
With all the cuts to the DOD that have already affected the nearby community of O'Fallon, Illinois, find a way to give back this week. Show our military communities that we care about them.
Also check out my new favorite blog: GINA LEFT THE MALL. A truly enjoyable read about an ordinary American who was shaken awake and decided to start supporting the military. Twice in one week, I heard the following quote, once from the mother of a deceased Marine who had killed himself and then again on Gina's blog. "America's not at war, we're at war. America's at the mall." -anonymous U.S. Troop
I am the mother of a United States Military Service Member who is searching to find peace and meaning in my experience.