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Veterans Aren't Superheroes

BlackSheepPatriot Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 8:07 AM
Shawn, I am so glad you wrote this column! I dealt with a veteran this past week that had full blown PTSD. The person didn't want to talk to anyone else but other veterans that had seen live combat because no one else would truly understand what they lived through. It was weird for me to be in church the next morning. After that experience, I felt I was standing between two worlds: one with young kids who wanted stuff and hang with their friends and the other where one just wanted peace of mind.

It’s tempting to think of warriors as different from the rest of us—they somehow feel less pain and fear than ordinary people. Only when we recognize that fighting men and women have the same fears and desires we all do can we recognize the real nature of their courage and sacrifice.

A smart friend said that or something pretty close. It has affected the way I think about bravery.

Not having served, I’m grateful to those who did, and those who are. I’m also grateful to their families and loved ones. The burden...