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Much on my mind as I am and have been watching morning news recently. Maybe I should stop for a few days.
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On the Today Show (NBC) this morning:
In the face of rising foreclosures, there is a rise in pets being abandoned, or in better circumstances, left at shelters for re-adoption. As people are losing homes, they often can not find apartments or rental homes that allow pets in their income range. The numbers of pets in shelters is rising alarmingly.
There is one bright spot in this terrible trend. PAWS, Chicago, a no-kill facility, has begun a "Foreclosure Program," so animal owners can leave their pets while they sort out their finances. If they are able to take the pet back after relocating, they may; if not the shelter will find a new home for the pet.
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Yesterday on the same show was an interview with Phil Donahue who made a documentary titled "Body of War" about the effects of combat. It features Thomas Young, and it looks at the challenges this young man faces daily. You can find out more about it here. Mr. Young volunteered to go to Afghanistan after 9/11. He was, instead, sent to Iraq, a war that he considers unjust. He was injured and paralyzed from the waist down by a bullet to his spine, just days after arriving on his first deployment.
Mr. Young made several statements during the interview that struck me. I'm going to do my best to restate them here. I ran the DVR back several times to try to be accurate.
The only people who should be able to say they support this war are those who have been there, served.
If you haven't been there and seen what goes on, you don't get to be a side-line cheerleader.
Anyone can be against this war in Iraq, because what they want is the troops to come home safely and to be used properly, as they volunteered, to defend the Constitution and the country.
This documentary is not scheduled to be anywhere that I can see it in the near future, but I hope to see it when possible. I hope everyone who has the chance will do so. There is a schedule of showings on the web page as well as a link to watch the trailer. The trailer is powerful.
What this man says is a direct reflection of the views I heard from vets of all wars since 1950 as I sat in various waiting rooms of the VA hospitals in 2004 and 2005. The only ones who reflected feeling they were involved in "just wars," were those from WWII. And none ... n.o.n.e ... felt that the current war should have our troops involved.
I've carried concerns about these "military involvements" for a long time. Viet Nam was the blemish on my young years, and I've never outgrown it. It seems to become more infected with each subsequent war. I wrote about it years ago, I think about ten years back. I simply don't understand the need to do other than what Mr. Young said ... defend our Constitution and country.
OK, I gotta get busy. I need to work out my angst.