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67 Americans who will not be celebrating the 4th of July

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67 Americans who will not be celebrating the 4th of July
July 3, 7:41 AMMadison Independent ExaminerGregory Patin


Mary McHugh mourns her fiance', Sgt. James Regan at Arlington National Cemetary, May 27, 2007. Sgt. Regan was killed by an IED in Iraq in Feb., 2007. Public domain image available at Daylife. (Getty images/John Moore).67 Americans will not be celebrating the 4th of July, and 67 families will grieve a loved one this holiday, because of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The pentagon has released the names of 67 Americans who have died in June, bringing the number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan this year to 203.

While Americans are understandably concerned with the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a stagnant economy and a plethora of other issues, the two ongoing wars seem to get little attention in the media. The members of the armed services who put their lives on the line and make the ultimate sacrifice seem to be getting less and less attention.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the death of 10 NATO troops on Monday June 7, including five Americans, was recorded on page 10 of The Washington Post. Although it published a photograph on its front page, the New York Times coverage was confined mostly to a bottom corner of page 12.
It is a safe assumption that most Americans who have been paying attention to the news put forth by the corporate media do not know how many service members died in June, and even fewer know their names. This article may be long, but that is because the list of young Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country is long. The list will get longer until Americans demand an end to these wars. If you cannot take the time to read each name, then ask yourself if it was worth it for each one of these young people to give their lives.

To whom it may concern, here are their names and some details about each one of them:

Spc. Jonathan K. Peney, age 22, Marietta, Georgia. Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Peney, a combat medic, was killed while moving under heavy enemy fire to provide aid to a wounded Ranger in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on June 1, 2010.
Pvt. Francisco J. Guardado-Ramirez, 21, Sunland, New Mexico. 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 2, 2010.

1st Sgt. Steve M. Theobald, 53, Goose Creek, South Carolina. 287th Transportation Company, Army Reserve. Died of injuries sustained in a military vehicle rollover near Kuwait City, Kuwait, on June 4, 2010.


Lt. Joseph J. Theinert, 24, Sag Harbor, New York. Army National Guardsman assigned to 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using a rocket-propelled grenade and a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on June 4, 2010.

2nd Lt. Michael E. McGahan, 23, Orlando, Florida. Company A, Brigade Special Troop Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire in Khogyani district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2010.

Sgt. Brandon C. Bury, 26, Kingwood, Texas. 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force One of three Marines killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2010.

Cpl. Donald M. Marler, 22, St. Louis, Missouri. 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force One of three Marines killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2010.


Lance Cpl. Derek Hernandez, 20, Edinburg, Texas. 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force One of three Marines killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2010.


Sgt. Joshua A. Lukeala, 23, Yigo, Guam. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of five soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Dangam district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2010. Lukeala is survived by his wife Deniece and 3-year-old daughter Maiya.

Sgt. John K. Rankel, 23, Speedway, Indiana. 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force Died as a result of small-arms fire in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2010.


Spc. Blaine E. Redding, 22, Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division One of five soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Dangam district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2010. As his parents, bride of three months, Nikki, and mother-in-law waited under overcast skies at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base for his casket to arrive, Redding's mother, Theresa said, "there's so much sadness and despair when you're standing there watching them, I don't know what we're going to do without him." Redding arrived in one of three caskets holding the remains of three servicemen, who have yet to be officially identified.


Spc. Charles S. Jirtle, 29 Lawton, Oklahoma. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division One of five soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Dangam district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2010. Jirtle leaves behind his wife, Savannah L. Jirtle, daughters Cheyenne and Chelsie, a son, Jordan and an unborn son. Upon Jirtles deployment, Savannah wrote on her Facebook page, "I’m the girl who cries every night, and hopes every morning for his safe return."

1st Sgt. Robert N. Barton II, 35, Roxie, Mississippi. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of five soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Dangam district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2010.

Spc. Matthew R. Catlett, 23, Houston, Texas. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of five soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Dangam district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2010. He is survived by hie ex-wife and two daughters.

Spc. Brandon Patrick Neenan, 21, Enterprise, Alabama. Company C, 2nd Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using a roadside bomb at Jelawar, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2010.

Sgt. Derek L. Shanfield, 22, Hastings, Pennsylvania. 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force One of two Marines killed when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 8, 2010.

Sgt. Erick Justin Klusacek, 22, Calcium, New York. B Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Gerda Serai in Paktia province, Afghanistan, on June 8, 2010.

Sgt. Zachary J. Walters, 24, Palm Coast, Florida. 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. One of two Marines killed when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 8, 2010.

1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz, 25, Grass Lake, Michigan. 58th Rescue Squadron, 563rd Rescue Group, 23rd Wing. One of four airmen killed when their HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter was shot down near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2010.

Lance Cpl. Michael G. Plank, 25, Cameron Mills, New York. 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2010.

Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 31, San Antonio, Texas. 48th Rescue Squadron, 563rd Rescue Group, 23rd Wing. One of four airmen killed when their HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter was shot down near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2010.

Staff Sgt.David C. Smith, 26, Eight Mile, Alabama. 66th Rescue Squadron, 563rd Rescue Group, 23rd Wing. One of four airmen killed when their HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter was shot down near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2010.

Senior Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, Erwin, Tennessee. 48th Rescue Squadron, 563rd Rescue Group, 23rd Wing. One of four airmen killed when their HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter was shot down near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2010.

Lance Cpl.Gavin Roderick Brummund, 22, Arnold, California. 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Died when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 10, 2010.

Sgt. Israel P. O'Bryan, 24, Newbern, Tennessee. 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. One of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with a suicide car bomb in Jalula, Iraq, on June 11, 2010. His convoy had stopped to investigate a neighborhood fight. O’Bryan is survived by his wife, Brenna, and his young son, Turner.

Spc. William C. Yauch, 23, Batesville, Arkansas. 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. One of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with a suicide car bomb in Jalula, Iraq, on June 11, 2010. Yauch is survived by his wife in Batesville, mother in Cave City and father in St. Charles, Missouri.

Staff Sgt.Bryan A. Hoover, 29, West Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. One of two soldiers killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device during a patrol near Forward Operating Base Bullard in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on June 11, 2010. Hoover, a former Marine, had already served several tours in Iraq and was awarded a number of medals and commendations. He had been attending grad school at California University prior to re-enlisting.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert James Fike, 38, Conneautville, Pennsylvania. 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. One of two soldiers killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device during a patrol near Forward Operating Base Bullard in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on June 11, 2010. He leaves behind his 12-year-old daughter and her mother.

Spc. Christian M. Adams, 26, Sierra Vista, Arizona. 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade. Died of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on June 11, 2010. Adams left behind a wife, Donna, and a 2-year-old daughter, Faith. He was described by his stepfather as a religious man who loved his family and the military.

Sgt. Mario Rodriguez Jr., 24, Smithville, Texas. 264th Clearance Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade. Died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires in Powrak, Logar province, Afghanistan, on June 11, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Leslie, 7-year-old daughter Raven George , two brothers, four sisters and his mother and father. "He was a wonderful man, a wonderful husband and father," Leslie said, shortly after returning home from Delaware, where the family received his body. "Our little girl - he loved her so much. He was going to teach her how to play soccer. He always told her that he loved her big head."

Spc. Brian M. Anderson, 24, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his vehicle using a roadside bomb in Za Khel, Afghanistan, on June 12, 2010.

Spc. Christopher W. Opat, 29, Spencer, Iowa. 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Baquba, Iraq, on June 15, 2010.

Spc. Nathan W. Cox, 27, Fremont, California. Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Died on June 16, 2010, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire near Forward Operating Base Khogyani in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on June 14, 2010.

Spc. Benjamin D. Osborn, 27, Queensbury, New York. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires in Shigalwashheltan district, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 15, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Nicole, newlywed in February, and his parents, Beverly and William Osborn of Queensbury, an older sister and three older brothers.

Lance Cpl. Michael C. Bailey, 29, Park Hills, Missouri. 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 16, 2010. His high school principal said, "he was always there for everybody else. He was always willing to help. And one of the things I will never forget about Mike was that he always had a smile on his face."

Spc. Joseph D. Johnson, 24, Flint, Michigan. 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade. One of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with a roadside bomb at North Kunduz, Afghanistan, on June 16, 2010.

Pfc. Gunnar R. Hotchkin, 31, Naperville, Illinois. 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade. One of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with a roadside bomb at North Kunduz, Afghanistan, on June 16, 2010.

Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest, 23, St. Clair, Michigan. 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Died of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 16, 2010. His father, a Clinton township police detective said, "he was very family oriented. He was the proudest Marine I've ever seen, coming to the police station in his dress uniform. You couldn't ask for a better soldier, a better son, a better friend."

Capt. Michael P. Cassidy, 41, Simpsonville, South Carolina. 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Mosul, Iraq, on June 17, 2010. Cassidy volunteered for active duty shortly after Sep. 11, 2001. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

U.S. Navy Seaman William Ortega, 23, Miami, Florida. Navy corpsman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died of wounds sustained from when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations against enemy forces in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 18, 2010.

Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter, 25, South Amherst, Ohio. Army journalist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when their dismounted patrol encountered a roadside bomb in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on June 18, 2010.

Pfc. Benjamin J. Park, 25, Fairfax Station, Virginia. Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when their dismounted patrol encountered an roadside bomb in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on June 18, 2010.

Spc. Jacob P. Dohrenwend, 20, Milford, OH. 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Balad, Iraq, on June 21, 2010. One of his battalion commanders called the family and said "Jacob was very concerned about the children of Iraq and used his own money to buy them whatever he could."

Spc. Scott A. Andrews, 21, Fall River, Massachusetts. 618th Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade. Died at Forward Operating Base Lagman of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2010.

Lance Cpl.Timothy Giles Serwinowski, 21, North Tonawanda, New York. 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Died following a small-arms attack during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2010.

Pfc. David Taylor Miller, 19, Wilton, New York. Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when a suicide bomber attacked their unit died at Lar Sholtan Village, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2010.

Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Silk, 25, Orono, Maine. Company C, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Killed along with three Australian soldiers when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter made a hard landing near Gaza Ridge in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2010.

Spc. Andrew Richard Looney, 22, Owasso, Oklahoma. Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when a suicide bomber attacked their unit died at Lar Sholtan Village, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2010.

1st Sgt. Eddie Turner, 41, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Camp Clark near Khost, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2010.

Cpl. Joshua Robert Dumaw, 23, Spokane Valley, Washington. Military Police Company, Marine Wing Support Group 27, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Died following a small-arms attack in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2010.

Cpl. Kevin Alexander Cueto, 23, San Jose, California. 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died of wounds sustained in a roadside bomb attack during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2010.

Cpl. Claudio Patino IV, 22, Yorba Linda, California. 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died of wounds sustained in a roadside bomb attack during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2010.

Pfc. Russell Edward Madden, 29, Dayton, Kentucky. D Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with rocket fire in the Charkh district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 23, 2010.

Pfc. Anthony T. Justesen, 22, Wilsonville, Oregon. B Troop, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Died of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb at Ganjkin village, Pusht Rod district, Farah province, Afghanistan, on June 23, 2010.

Pfc. Robert Kelsey Repkie, 20, Knoxville, Tennessee. Company D, 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Forward Operating Base Farah in Farah province, Afghanistan, on June 24, 2010.

Staff Sgt. Edwardo Loredo, 34, Houston, Texas. 2nd Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Died when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb at Jelewar in the Argandab River valley of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on June 24, 2010.

Cpl. Daane Adam Deboer, 24, Ludington, Michigan. 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died following a roadside bomb attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2010.

Spc. Jared Clifton Plunk, 27, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2010.

Spc. Blair Daniel Thompson, 19, Rome, New York. Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2010.

Pfc. Bryant J. Haynes, 21, Epps, Louisiana. 199th Support Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard. Died of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover in Diwaniya, Iraq, on June 26, 2010

Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey, 24, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died following a roadside bomb attack in Garmsir, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 26, 2010.

Sgt. David Alexander Holmes, 34, Tennille, Georgia. 810th Engineering Company, Georgia Army National Guard. Killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a route clearance patrol in Sayed Abad, Wardak province, Afghanistan, on June 26, 2010.

Lance Cpl. William T. Richards, 20, Trenton, Georgia. 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 26, 2010.

Spc. David W. Thomas, 40, St. Petersburg, Florida. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when their unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 27, 2010.

Sgt. John M. Rogers, 26, Riverside, Missouri. Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Forward Operating Base Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 27, 2010.

Staff Sgt. Eric B. Shaw, 31, Exeter, Maine. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. One of two soldiers killed when their unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 27, 2010.

Spc. Matthew R. Hennigan, 20, Las Vegas, Nevada. 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Died at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered earlier when enemy forces attacked his unit with machine gun fire in Tangi Valley in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2010.

Almost every day young Americans are dying in these wars. 67 may not sound like a large number when given a 30-second sound byte or a few sentences, but it is very large when ones looks into the lives that each and every one of these individuals could have had. This casualty list does not include the 123 soldiers of other nations that have died in these wars this year.

Besides honoring each and every one of these young people by at least mentioning or reading their names and telling a little about them or how they died, there is more that Americans can do. Americans can contact their elected officials and demand an end to these wars. There are also organizations such as Rethink Afghanistan that you can contact.

There are now 5561 U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, each with their their own story, a life and loved ones they have left behind. 5561 families without fathers or mothers, sons or daughters this 4th of July, as well as the tens of thousands that have been horribly wounded in these wars. With all the other problems that this nation faces today, is it not about time to end this insanity?

Many Americans voted for a leader that promised to bring an end to the wars, yet nothing substantive has been done toward that end. Meanwhile, the corporate media buries news about the wars, leaving these brave young men and women to die with a hardly a mention to their names. They deserve more. We as a nation deserve more.

Our young people are not fighting a foreign enemy bent on invading our homeland, they are occupying the homeland of other nations and are paying for that with their lives. Meanwhile our homeland and our economy is being destroyed by the very corporations that reap the profits from these wars and from the reckless spending of our tax dollars that finance the wars. BP, for instance, holds more than $2 billion in annual US defense contracts and continues to be the premiere provider of fuel to the world's largest consumer of oil and gas: the pentagon.

Perhaps the best way to support our troops is to bring them home. And the best way to protect America may be to protect our borders, our shorelines and our economy by focusing our resources on solutions to the problems that we have here in the US, not occupying and rebuilding other nations halfway across the globe. The inevitable outcome will be the same. Only the names and numbers will change before we get there.
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  • disinter 2010/07/04 20:31:15
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    disinter
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    Died because of lies.
  • irish disinter 2010/07/05 11:55:27
    irish
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    and that is the greatest sadness.
  • Autarchic 2010/07/04 11:35:42
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    They are not the only ones, I do not celebrate the big lie either!
    comment celebrate lie
  • irish Autarchic 2010/07/04 12:31:19
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    me either!
    " Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S. military machine to turn. "-- John Stockwell, former CIA official and author
    " we have met the enemy and he is us",walt kelley.
  • Autarchic irish 2010/07/04 15:25:06
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    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
    ~Winston Churchill
  • irish Autarchic 2010/07/04 15:26:04
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    very true!

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