As Veterans’ Day approaches, I wanted to share this story with you of a child and her father learning to cope since the girl’s mother was killed in Afghanistan.
The woman, a patriot from a military family who signed up to serve in the days after September 11, was murdered along with another service member in 2009 by an Afghan soldier who shot them before killing himself.
Somehow, as I read this, I was reminded of Mrs. Obama’s statement that the first time she had really been proud of her country was during the campaign, in 2008, when voters were rallying to her husband.
I’ve never been able to forget her remark, or that she and President Obama had listened for so many years to the hateful rantings of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Nor have I been able to fully believe the rebranding of her that has occurred since she entered the White House, where she now leads something called “Joining Forces,” a program to help war fighters and their families. I don’t see how you go from Trinity United Church of Christ to advocacy for military families. I wonder how committed to this good cause she’ll be after the election – win or lose.
And of course Monday, Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with a group of veterans, using them as props for the latest stunt in his ongoing political effort to stick it to Republicans for failing to pass his “jobs” proposals. I hadn’t known Republicans were opposed to veterans, but then I hadn’t consulted Mr. Obama on the matter.
Anyway, take a look at this story – here’s the link again – one of indescribable sacrifice and love for country. It puts a wonderfully human, if achingly sad, face on Veterans’ Day.
Maybe if this pitiful tale had happened before the election, Michelle would have been proud then.