Honoring Sacrifice and Loss [4 August 2013]

As an advocate for peace, I choose to take the time at least once weekly to remember the cost of war to civilians, and to remember the friends and families of United States service personnel who have been killed.


This past week, the Department of Defense announced the following combat-related deaths:

Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, Georgia

Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Virginia

Sgt. Stephen M. New, 29, of Bartlett, Tennesee

Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, 22, of Red Bluff, California

Source 1 Source 2Source 3

It is also easy to forget that the human cost of war extends beyond combat-related deaths.

June 2013 Suicide Information released by the Army

May the friends and families of those who have died find peace. May those in combat areas, as well as their friends and families, find peace. May returned veterans find peace. May those who experience the mental health costs of war find peace. May the world find peace.

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