Honoring Our Veterans

November 11th, 2009

Read “Fort Hood suspect’s links to imam under scrutiny” (Washington Post 11/09/09), “The Ft. Hood Massacre: A Lone-Wolf Jihad of One?” (Huffington Post 11/08/09), “Ft. Hood Victim’s Family Speaks Out Against Anti-Muslim Sentiment” (Huffington Post 11/09/09), “President, at Service, Hails Fort Hood’s Fallen” (New York Times 11/11/09), and our earlier post on the Fort Hood tragedy. See the list of victims here and profiles on each of the victims here, and watch the video below of the memorial service yesterday.

 

My heart goes out to Fort Hood’s victims and their families,

As well as all others serving here or overseas.

All soldiers give their all for our Nation,

But today these 13 and their families deserve special appreciation.

 

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill, 62, from Cameron, Texas,

So dedicated to his work that after a heart attack

He took off work one week and then went back.

 

Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52, from Woodbridge, Virginia 

The first in his family to attend university,

He then earned a Ph.D. in psychology.

 

Army Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, 32, from Evans, Georgia 

Had just been in South Korea for a tour,

Then signed up to do one more.

 

Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, from San Diego, California,

Preparing for deployment overseas as a psychiatric nurse

To help soldiers deal with situations adverse.

 

Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, from Mountain City, Tennessee 

With the 510th Engineer Company,

A hard worker and computer authority.

 

Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, from Tipton, Oklahoma

Joined the Army in 2006 and went to Iraq,

Then re-enlisted for six more years to go back.

 

Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, from Kiel, Wisconsin,

A high school athlete who joined to  “take on” bin Laden,

And was on her way to do it in Afghanistan.

 

Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, from West Jordan, Utah,

Graduated from high school and enlisted the same year,

Going to Afghanistan in January as a combat engineer.

 

Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, from Bolingbrook, Illinois,

Joined to finance college to study musical composition,

Going to the Iraq or Afghanistan for the dangerous job of bomb deactivation.

 

Capt. Russell Seager, 51, from Racine, Wisconsin,

A nurse specializing in war-related mental health

With an alternative medicine Ph.D. and of experience a wealth.

 

Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, from Chicago, Illinois,

Three months pregnant with her first child (a boy),

She approached everything in life with great joy.

 

Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, 55, from Havre De Grace, Maryland,

A military physician’s assistant in the 1908th Medical Company

She had two daughters, six grandchildren, and came from a military family.

 

Spc. Kham Xiong, 23, from St. Paul, Minnesota

In Fort Hood for his deployment to Afghanistan to prepare,

He has a brother already serving over there.

 

There are more than 10,000 Muslims in the US Armed Forces,

Few to none of whom the killer’s radicalism endorses.

So let’s be sure to honor them too

For the work to protect our Country that they also do.

 

Grieve with us, don’t grieve for us” Army Chief of Staff Casey said

At the ceremony yesterday to honor the dead.

Casey also quoted Isaiah 6:8

To express why we must our soldiers appreciate.

 

America is free and always will be

As long as someone’s willing to say “here I am, send me.”

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