I read this amazing article about the Marines and what they offer as assistance to bereaved families. Its an extremely long article and have been reading it in parts but its so sad and poignant. Almost made me cry at the price people are paying for freeing (?) a place.
When a Marine dies at war, someone called a casualty assistance officer first delivers the news and then helps the family deal with the situation. He is assigned to that family for almost a year to help and be a shoulder to cry on. The toll this takes on the officer obviously should not be discounted. War is ugly and people pay a heavy price for participating in it.
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