Yesterday, May 25, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to survivors of fallen military members. He remarked how one of his sons had returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Then he added that his joy was tinged with guilt that he had returned home whole, while so many others had not.
The vice president recounted the difficulty of dealing with the death of his wife and daughter in a car accident in the early seventies. He said it was it was the first time that he could understand how someone would consciously decide to commit suicide.
It is an emotional and deeply felt message that should bring home to all of us the grief felt by those who have lost a loved one in the service of their country. It is also a message of hope and the need to endure to those who have suffered such a loss.