Are we a society that has become callus to the realities of war hidden behind stats hand fed to us by the government and media stuck in our own little bubbles with blinders on woven by the ages. Memorial Day we pay tribute to America’s fighting men and women who died in battle. A day we all thank and remember all our military and veterans for their service and sacrifices for our freedoms and beliefs.
The official causality count in Iraq is now at 4082. Isn’t it time we also except and give much more attention to the rest of the casualties of this unjust war. We also have 30,329 + wounded sent home forgotten and now in a 5 year line waiting for government services.
1,000 soldiers attempt suicide a month, approx 6,500 deaths a year. Depending on how and what stats you use the totals become troubling.
We have spent billions for the war and soldiers get very good care during active duty. We offer 20,000.00 dollar bonus to sign up, education financing, health care, vet loans for kids to join the military. People constantly thank soldiers in public and show their support. Support your troops has become a constant with people in general, politicians, even the media and big business. I mean even our president gave up gulf to support our troops. This is sad but another story.
With 450,000 vets recently separated from the military 1 out of 4 are returning home with health and mental problems. Now many of the same soldiers we all supported are homeless, unable to get health care, committing suicide in record numbers, unable to get jobs, and the same people on the street, dirty, looking for food and help as people walk by and ignore them.
My son is in the U.S Army 18th Engineer Brigade 15th Engineer Battalion Schweinfurt, Germany. As a father and an American I hope we stand up and give our soldiers the support they need during and after their service to our country. Imagine where we would live and what it would be like if the soldiers from World War 2 returned home as it is now for soldiers. We pulled together as a country and gave them what they needed and deserved. Where are the billions for the forgotten? Maybe Bush should sell his golf clubs and donate the proceeds to the 450,000. Returning soldiers, that might be to much of a
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Ensiferum “For Those About to Fight for Metal” from the album “Two Paths”.
Petri Lindroos: Vocals / Guitar
Markus Toivonen: Guitar / Vocals
Sami Hinkka: Bass / Vocals
Janne Parviainen: Drums
Netta Skog: Digital Accordion / Backing vocals
You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. “When we made ‘One Man Army’ (2015), we wanted it to sound more like a live album than a traditional studio album. With ‘Two Paths’, we took that to the next level with analog recording, cutting down tracks and even recording songs without a click, and because of that there is a totally different kind of groove compared to most modern metal albums,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. While their ideas are huge and they consistently prove they have the talent to back them up, the band maintains the grounded MO that has served them so well over the years, with the results speaking for themselves. “It all comes down to writing music that sounds good to us and is fun to play live, and I would say with ‘Two Paths’ we’ve done everything better than we ever have before.”