A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers

A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers

A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers I heard it firstThe hummingbirdThen saw it Backlit by the setting sun it hoveredSnatching insects from the airMy hardened heart thus openedIt’s message given and received Shattered souls and hummingbirdsMore...
Love Breaks the Chain of Violence

Love Breaks the Chain of Violence

Love breaks the chain of violence. My experience as an infantry sergeant in the Vietnam War has blessed me with the belief that It is not enough to feel compassion and love. I must be compassionate and perform acts of love because love breaks the chain of violence....
Moral Injury – an Indelible Trauma

Moral Injury – an Indelible Trauma

Killing in combat is inevitable. In the Vietnam War, it was a priority. “Body count” was the order of the day every day. To kill a fellow human is unnatural. The result of overcoming that moral aversion and killing a man is a – moral injury – an indelible trauma – a...

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