Matt's Memo: High cost of war comes home

Chief Warrant Officer Brad Gaudet

When wars are fought thousand of miles away most of us take for granted the sacrifices that are made. We live in an era where most of the soldiers who go overseas come home. We don TMt measure the numbers of war dead in the thousands or tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands as we have in not so distant American history.

Now it is two or three members of the military at a time. It TMs an attack from an IED, or a firefight with insurgents or a helicopter that crashes in Afghanistan. That TMs what killed Chief Warrant Officer Brad Gaudet. His died half way around the world serving his country. His loss is being felt right in our own backyard by his young widow Ginny Vanmarter Gaudet of Liverpool.

Instead of having a war being fought in the abstract it suddenly becomes reality. The young man who rushed home to be part of the birth of his daughter Addyson will not be coming back.

This heavy dose of reality has people talking foreign policy. They are discussing whether we should have United States troops in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. They are concerned.

I have written this before, but it bears repeating. It is important we fully understand the high cost of war. It is our neighbors lives that are on the line.

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