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Words fail me.
I remember, about 20 years ago, when an expose was done on the Veteran's Hospital in Cleveland. I thought to myself, because my father was going through cancer treatments at the time, that if he has to go through the Veterans Administration then I would simply need to be there 24 hours a DAY in order to make sure he got fed, bathed and the proper care deserving of someone who served their country in WWII.
I hate to say this, people, but it does not surprise me and it is never going to NOT happen somewhere - however, the strength of our nation is that when a wrong is discovered it is righted....and no, that does not apply to partisan political ideas or one moral code. It applies to the Natural Law, which is the Law God writes on the heart of every human creature at the moment of their conception. It is the Law that allows for societies to develop without knowledge of Jesus Christ but with a clear understanding that certain things are just wrong - taking stuff that does not belong to you, killing someone for no reason other than it feels interesting, having sex with the dog. This is one of those 'things'. One does not ignore those who have served our country in the military. One does not ignore them when they are alive and one does not ignore them when they are dead.
Some people think that people like JG Burkett go overboard with things like the Stolen Valor Laws. What I believe they do not understand is that to usurp the identity of a combat soldier in order to gain sex, money or power from people is more than just a personal con - it is a slam against every man, woman or child who ever stood in front of a tyrant and said, "No...not on my watch". It slams the children who fought along side the Christeros in Mexico, the Poles who stood up to the Nazis, the Filipinos and Burmese who risked their lives to bring food and water to American Prisoners of War, the people raped in Nanking.....it slams them all.
I understand that this wrong will be corrected. I can even, in a small way, understand how it happens. However, I also believe that we need to hold these men and women in our prayers for the Faithful Departed. No matter what their religious beliefs were when they were alive, they were faithful and loyal Americans - and we stumbled. We fell. We forgot.
Let's never forget again.
Lord, we pray for the souls of these men and women whose earthly remains were treated with disrespect. We ask forgiveness, Jesus, for our failing in this matter and we pray for their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed who, through the mercy of God, now rest in Your Loving Hands.
Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in Thee.