Sunday, July 20, 2008

Another Casualty In The Iraq War

This just in from ALLEN G. BREED and KEVIN MAURER, Associated Press Writers

A photograph taken in the first days of the war had made the medic from New York's Long Island a symbol of the United States' good intentions in the Middle East. When he returned home, he was hailed as a hero.

But for most of the past five years, the 31-year-old soldier had writhed in a private hell, shooting at imaginary enemies and dodging nonexistent roadside bombs, sleeping in a closet bunker and trying desperately to huff away the "demons" in his head. When his personal problems became public, efforts were made to help him, but nothing seemed to work.

This broken, frightened man had once been the embodiment of American might and compassion. If the military couldn't save him, what hope was there for the thousands suffering in anonymity?
The whole story is here.

How the picture posted above came to be taken.

The New York Times Op-Ed piece on Losing Mr. Dwyer.

Marlene Dietrich

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