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Honor and sacrifice

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

A terrific (and heartbreaking) story from the Washington Post today about Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly and his son, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, who died in Afghanistan. (Read Lt. Gen. Kelly’s amazing Veteran’s Day speech here.) In telling Robert’s story, the Post piece notes how little attention is paid to the sacrifice of our troops and their families:

As in many military families, Kelly’s two sons followed their father into the Marine Corps. The three Kelly men have participated in 11 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.

As one retired Marine Corps general noted in a condolence letter to Kelly a few days after his son’s death: “Service to and sacrifice for the nation have become a legacy affair for a relatively small number of families.”

Read the whole thing.