Badges of Courage
I'm not usually very interested in Jim's Sports Illustrated but there's an article in this week's issue that would be good for us all to read.
It's called "Run to Daylight" and it profiles five Iraq war veteran-amputees in the Iraqi War Vets 10-Mile Race event.
I could only pull one of the photos out of the article -- most show the vets' pictures in full uniform, and then with their prostheses visible, side-by-side.
In the full-uniform photos, you can't tell anything is missing. They're just whole, and proud. And I think that's the point of the article -- that's how these vets would like us to see them, that's what they're working toward becoming, again.
Please remember this picture of Dawn Halfaker, wounded in Iraq, next time you see a politician talk about sacrifice.
photo of West Point graduate, Second Lieutenant Dawn Halfaker by Simon Bruty for Sports Illustrated