We send them off to war, to stand in the face of our enemies and live or die for our beliefs. Then look the other way when they return, those that are still alive. The rest come back in flag draped boxes. We salute their memory, shake hands with their family members and say how sorry we are that they have lost their loved ones.
Yet, by and large, we fail to even acknowledge those that return alive. Some walking, some being carried, some without legs and arms, or perhaps even the ability to function at all.
As we pass by, we often ignore or look the other way without even acknowledging the sacrifice they made for freedom. Can we not at the very least stop, look at them and say “thank you for your service.”