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The Human Consequence of War

May 29, 2013

Over the past several months I have looked at the different theologies behind war. I highlighted some different mental ailments some returning soldiers (using the term “soldier” to represent all military members of all services, past and present) suffer from. Yet each of us needs to see, and take responsibility for the human consequences of war.

In America, we tend to blame the politicians for the casualties of war. In some ways, we each should bear part of the burden. Each citizen needs to bear witness to the human cost of war. Why? In our choice to vote or not to vote, to protest or not to protest, and write government officials or not write government officials. We have taken on the burden of those who prosecute the wars of this nation. We owe it to them to gain a full understanding at what is happening with our permission – direct or indirect.

Take the time to volunteer at a veterans organization or event (at the end of this post I will include some websites to start your search). You get to see them as they leave the states and return home. You may be a volunteer at a Veterans Administration (VA) clinic or hospital and see the wounded convalesced. Take time to talk to soldiers. Hear their stories. Call the chapel at a local base and ask if there is anything you can do to assist the widows or widowers in the community.

This is by no means intended to be an indictment of war. There may be wars of necessity at times, but the citizenry needs to understand the consequences of these wars. The better informed the citizenry is, the more pressure they are likely to place on the government for a peaceful resolution instead of armed conflict. Then, after all attempts of a peaceful resolution have failed, Americans will be ready for the steep price of conflict and will desire the quickest exit possible.

This is just another way to honor those who serve while gaining a greater understanding of the steep price they pay for our wars.

USO – http://www.uso.org/

VA Volunteer Services – http://www.volunteer.va.gov/

National Cemeteries Volunteers – http://www.cem.va.gov/VolunteerNCA.asp

Patriot Guard Riders – http://www.patriotguard.org/

 

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