Healing - An elusive element for many veterans for so many reasons. For the physical injuries. For things they've seen. For things they've done. For things they will never get out of their heads. My brother-in-law, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was with us on Easter Sunday, and we all had a spirited discussion about veterans and healing.
The next day a friend sent me the latest issue of the GI Special, and among all the great material was this powerful poem about healing (and more) by Mike Hastie, a Vietnam Veteran.
A Few Bad Apples
An atrocity always begins by following orders.
The order in itself is an authority decision.
Which means those who carry out the atrocity,
are not held responsible.
But, if the atrocity is found out,
the authority orders were never given.
That gives birth to a "few bad apples."
It's a fail-safe system.
It always works, because the military always
convinces the public of Geneva Convention Rules.
In this case, a "few bad apples," committed murder.
Things like this happen in war.
But, it is incomprehensible that this would ever be
anything but a very, very, rare occasion.
When veterans die,
they carry a lot of secrets to the next world,
because it is only there that they can be healed.
They can't be healed by a public who thinks it is
only done by a "few bad apples."
An apple a day keeps the truth away.
Thank God there is another world where veterans
can make peace with their suffering.
U.S. Army Medic
April 12, 2009
(Published in GI Special, April 12, 2009)
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