“I don't think of it as working for world peace, he said, I think of it as just trying to get along in a really big strange family” Brian Andreas

We are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

His mother didn’t raise him to die young or to kill. Yet here he is, tropically sunburned and not from vacation. He is home for 2 days, shoveling snow and calling it easy compared to his recent experiences, distracting both my questions and concerns with jokes.

We need to not make the same mistake we made with the Vietnam Vets. Protest the war but do not confuse the players with the pawns.

Easter Update: He is home again for 20 days, this time recovering from surgery for a non battle related medical problem then it's back to Beirut. He has one buddy dead and another in Walter Reed Army Hospital. They were both battle related.

The one in Walter Reed is also a neighbor of mine. He was in a building when it collapsed. He is expected to recover but is still listed as "serious", it was dodgy for a time. His first surgery was over there, in one of those moving hospitals they have.