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I am hoping for a response from my influential readers! The questions that matter are these:
Should soldiers or other military members receive the Purple Heart when they are wounded or killed by someone on the inside?
What about those killed or wounded in the Pentagon attack on 9/11?
What about Fort Hood?
What about Kuwait with the soldier who tossed a grenade into his commander and CSM's tent?
As you know, we here at Soldier Heart Central want to draw attention to the human side of war. There needs to be a national debate about it: The trauma of war and how it touches our lives. This is why Soldier Heart is running for President of these United States in 2016.
Last night I downloaded Bart Womack's book named "Embedded Enemy" and read it through before falling asleep. This book is highly rivetting, interesting, clear, and understandable. It is mainly his first-person account of having one of his soldiers interupt his peace by blowing up his tent and killing two of his other soldiers.
Buy the book.
Soldier Heart also spoke to Jackson Katz this week. Look him up on the internet. You know, this violence thing really does touch the soul. We have a tendency of saying none of it bothers tough folk, but it does.
I have been working on some videos that gets to all this as well. Soldier Heart made a pact with the big boys at the Rocky Mountain Veteran Home Foundation. Soldier Heart will be producing short videos to help their effort.
And finally, here is some art I have been working on of late. Soldier Heart is working on an image of Chesty Puller, the hardened Marine battalion commander on Peleliu. I think it will contrast the baby-faced battalion commander my dad served under on the island.
The image at the top right is of LTC Raymond Gates, the commander of 1st Battalion, 323rd Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division. He was shot by a sniper in November, 1944 on Peleliu.
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