Hamburger Helper: From The Conservative Lie
I read this post a few days ago on The Conservative Lie , and meant to comment on it. However, the post was so moving that, believe it or not, I couldn’t find the words. Now I can. If you haven’t checked out The Conservative Lie yet, you should. It’s a wonderful blog. The main man, Dave Jeffries is a former 17 year military man, who served in Iraq. He is liberal, like myself, and contributes in a way that educates while expressing his view points.
This particular post,Hamburger Helper, gives us a glimpse of how the violence and graphic images of war can affect a person deeply on an emotional level. The post also erases a common generality in much of the public’s eye that soldiers are emotionless killing machines who willingly follow orders, no matter how brutal those orders are. Nothing could be further from the truth. War is deeply personal to our military personal and often leaves them emotionally scarred for life. I remember in my younger days in the produce business a salesman who served our country in the Pacific Theater in WWII. He fought at Okinawa, one of the bloodiest of battles fought in the Pacific. Now matter how much I begged, he would not talk about his experiences.
Dave’s post Hamburger Helper touches on his experience in Iraq; He talks about a file named Hamburger Helper, which contained graphic pictures of an attempted suicide bomber. Dave describes his feelings as they occurred, the post affected me enough to almost bring me to tears.
Thank you Dave for giving the rest of us a glimpse into your troubled past. In addition thank you for your service to our country: You are a good man and a great blogger. Furthermore, you are a true patriot and a modern day American hero.