Families comfort themselves with the same thought. "He was doing what he wanted to do"
A Week or so ago I watched an interview with a young soldier who affirmed that sentiment. He had already served a tour of duty and looked forward to a second.
He said he signed on when he was seventeen and couldn't wait to get to the conflict and use the skills he had acquired in training.
He made no reference to wife or children.
This week-end a new charity was advertising on T.V. Funds are being solicited for scholarships for children who have lost fathers in the theatre of war
It struck me as odd. First that the government would not provide for the children.
Second, that the fathers of the children were not thinking about their children when they volunteered to put their lives at risk in the first place .
It's the difference between conscription and volunteering.
When a country is at war, every able-bodied man is compelled to do his part.Trying to escape active duty is a heinous crime in wartime. Absence from the family can be years. Life cannot be picked up again as if nothing has intervened. It's never the same again.
Post traumatic stress is not a new concept. It was always there. Just didn't have a fancy name.
In the States,young women leave infants to go off and fight alongside men.
Something about that doesn't seem right either.
If a person has a family , his/her first responsibility is to take care of their own.
There's nothing noble about abandonment.
Also, there's something odd about that fund-raising scheme for scholarships.