Although politics may rage at home, they have chosen to fight, not for a party or a chosen leader, but for the idea of freedom. Parents who raise warriors know that their sons and daughters understand the cost of freedom, and every moment of every day presents an opportunity for that cost to be exacted in blood.
John O’Neill believed that prior to John Kerry’s abrupt departure from Vietnam–just as soon as he nailed that third Purple Heart–he ordered this version of audio Psy Ops to be broadcast from the river patrol Swift Boats.
I have referred to myself as a Gold Star Sister at times, but just to abbreviate the truth that I lost a brother to war, not to assume the distinction of a parent who has lost their child violently and much to soon to combat or the freak happenstances that are part of war. In fact, I thank God that I have never suffered as my parents suffered. I am the mother of four and the best 25 years of my life have been spent being their mommy, mentor, and friend.