Anyone who has read Peace Meme for more than a minute or two knows where I stand on the war in Iraq. I don't like the way it started, I don't like the way it's been carried out, and I want it to end as quickly as humanly possible.
But all politics aside, I came across a story that is one of those rare testaments to the human spirit that lets us all know that there is something inside of us that is greater than our physical manifestations. Ty Ziegel's story reveals one Marine's horrific experience in Iraq and his miraculous return home. Once you've read the newspaper account, check out this amazing slide show narrated by Ty and his wife Renee. This is truly one of the most powerful narratives I've ever experienced, and that says a lot coming from an English teacher. Once you watch the slide show, there are a bunch of other vets' stories on the site as well. They are all powerful reminders of the human costs of war, and about the strength of the human heart and soul.
Thanks to Joe Washam, nephew of my buddies Dan and Denese, for bringing this to my attention. Joe is a wounded vet who has gone on to work for an organization called Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. I might also point out that despite all the recent hullabaloo over the Walter Reed Hospital in DC, the medical miracles occurring daily at the Brooke Army Medical Center are at the cutting edge of medicine. It's a good reminder that when it comes to argument, we all do too much judging the whole by the part.
Pray or think positive thoughts for peace and healing -- for ALL of us.