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Remembering the Fallen in Afghanistan


The story of Bowe Bergdahl is a story of America’s war in Afghanistan. And that’s a story with many faces. Because Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t the only casualty of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment’s 2009-2010 deployment to Afghanistan. Seven others came home covered in a flag. And while the name ‘Bergdahl’ now finds recognition across America, those seven other names find a different experience. Their families and friends will never forget them, but many in America already have. Too many Americans shed a tear for the fallen, but fail to read their stories. We remember where they died, but we ignore the complexity of why. We remember to thank them, but as the VA scandal shows, we’ve too easily ignored the scars of national sacrifice. This must change. Pfc. Matthew Martinek, SSgt. Clayton Bowen, Pfc. Morris Walker, SSgt. Kurt Curtiss, 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw, Ssgt. Michael Murphrey, 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews. Americans who fought for their country, each other, and a better future for Afghanistan.

You can find my take on Sergeant Bergdahl’s release here.


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