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May 27, 2012

A Cape Cod Memorial

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:08 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sunny, beautiful, mild island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Memorial Day week end, Sunday, the 27th day of May, 2012, a stunning week end here on the Cape and Islands as you can clearly SEA below you, looking out onto Nantucket Sound and the famous “Figawi” Regatta, a race between different classes of sailboats traversing the roughly 30 nautical miles between Hyannis and Nantucket, or Nantucket to Hyannis depending on your course, I always get that confused, not having a giant yacht in the race, yet–culminating at the fancy Figawi Ball that takes place here on the mainland of the Cape and on Nantucket, a race that marks the traditional ringing in of the summer here on this magical sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age… However, this week end is not all about fun in the sun, BBQ’s, sailing, golfing, biking, or kayaking, no sir, this week end, originally called “Decoration Day” in 1865, after the end of the nation’s worst war, The Civil War, where over 500,000 soldiers from both the Union (the north) and the Confederates (the south) soldiers who fought for the very soul of this great nation, almost splitting it apart forever, yes sir, is dedicated to the men and women who have fought and died for this great country, OUR democracy, and to that, WE should take pause and thank them for their service.  We, as a collective nation, tend to forget our men and women in uniform, as only 1 percent of our 311 million U.S. population participates in the most sacred gift they could give any of US, namely, laying their life out there on the line so that WE may enjoy the freedoms fought so hard for over 236 years ago, with brave men like Paine, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Hamilton, among others, fighting the tyranny that WAS King George III’s overall policy towards the colonies, exploiting them for his own personal wealth and distinction.  As the wars in Iraq, that already ‘ended’, and Afghanistan wind down and the veterans of those foreign wars return home, many are bruised and battered–physically, mentally and spiritually, and many with an invisible disease called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a mental disturbance that leaves the soldier who suffers from it paralyzed with a constant fear and a ‘need’ to be on constant guard, never being able to relax and enjoy the freedoms WE all take for granted.  Many of those soldiers, especially those who don’t get some help from a loving therapist, can’t seem to cope, never getting that help because of STIGMAS that are put in place by commanders in the field, such as some quack general who I will NOT give the satisfaction of uttering his name on this commentary, who recently said of a soldier, only 23, who could not take it anymore, and thus, taking his own life, yes sir, stating with no shame, and I paraphrase only slightly here, “this man was a coward to take his own life..”. What a horrible man.  This “man” knows nothing of what he speaks of, nor do any of the puppet politicians in Washington D.C., save Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden, who along with his wonderful wife, Jill Biden, have made it their mission to help these wounded warriors who suffer needlessly because of fear of some a$$hole general, such as the one aforementioned–shame on that man!–who truly believe that ‘getting help=weakness…HOGWASH!  In my book, “Taking Fog to Nantucket”, I have dedicated an entire chapter to PTSD, still suffering from it as well (more on that in the book), and quote some of the
“The Wounded Platoon” (please Google for more information) warriors from most excellent PBS documentary series called “Frontline”, a special of the same name.  In that chapter, I do my best to lead a horse to water so to speak, hopefully bringing some SOLUTIONS to an easily treatable disorder, rising above the IGNORANT stigmas of the military brass, who send their already exhausted wounded warriors back into battle, such as the man who took his life recently, all drugged up on SSRI’s and Ambien, hoping that band-aid will keep them in the ‘fight’ for a few more tours of ‘duty’, duty in wars that have nothing to do with anything other than keeping the military industrial complex alive and well.  “Hope it’s a wonderful coffee shop Jack” (credit the classic film, circa 1988, “Midnight Run”, starring the great(s) Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin).  On this week end of hopeful reflection, not a passing thought, WE can come to grips with what is important and what is most clearly not, for how can we truly support our troops when we allow generals like the one I keep mentioning to make these men and women who have offered the greatest sacrifice, many still in tortuous pain, to just, ’suck it up, and ‘be a man’… PTSD is very real, trust me, and if we wish to keep on fighting these senseless wars, should WE not care for our men and women in uniform all the way?  Men and women who are putting their lives on the line every day for US?  Men and women who truly do not know for sure if they are going to make it home or not?  Don’t WE owe them more than some passing parade?  Some pat on the back when they do make it “home”?  A home that is many times not there when they return, leaving many homeless and hopelessly addicted to one substance or the other, trying to alleviate the pain they can’t see, like the enemy they were fighting, for it seems like yesterday to them, as WE all move on with our happy-go-lucky lives.  Or, as in the case of the young man whom this blog is dedicated to, coming up with a comprehensive mental health solution to an ongoing and increasing problem of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?  I believe most would agree that is a BIG YES!  The soldiers are not gullible, and general, if I may call you that, please indulge this small experiment–if you say the word ‘grasshopper’ real slow it sounds just like the word ‘gullible’… (credit Amanda Egginson of Cape Cod for that one!).  WE, as a nation, are not gullible, nor complacent to the needs and the deserved care these soldiers EARNED upon coming home from a place 99 percent of US would never set foot near, in or on…  Have a nice week end folks, a little poem perhaps tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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