Who is war really over for?

Patton once said, “America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war.”

What about the ones that carry that win on their war torn shoulders? When parades, attaboys, BBQs, yellow ribbons are over, who will share in the burden of the true consequences of war? For most of us war doesn’t stop when we finally touch the softer American soil. War never leaves us. It becomes apart of who we are.

We live in a society where the physical consequences of war are seen only through television screens and computer monitors. Digital representations of a reality portrayed as distant and easily dismissed with the sunset.

War doesn’t stop because we stop fighting. We are quick to be called heroes, but forget that heroes can hurt too. What we left in the desert we can never get back. War does not give. War takes. War consumes.

Who is war really over for? Policy makers? News stations? The burden of war is not placed on the ones who send others to war. It is placed squarely on the yet-untorn shoulders of the individuals who are commanded to go.

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