Sue was gone on business for a week and returned Thursday. We’ve been married two years, this was the first time we’d been apart that long, and I missed her a lot.
Imagine what it must be like for newlyweds in the Armed Forces and Reserves when a spouse gets shipped to Iraq for a year. Not only is it a long separation, it’s dangerous over there, with the real chance the spouse could come back maimed, in a body bag, or waking at night screaming in terror from nightmares.
For reservists, they may lose their home or car, as the microscopic pay they get won’t hardly make the mortgage or rent. Maxed Out talks about this, and about how US soldiers often have huge amounts of credit card debt, much more than the citizenry at large. That’s because they can’t make it on what they’re paid.
Spousal abuse increases when a spouse comes back from a war zone. Often, who comes back isn’t the person who left. They’re colder, tenser, more violent.
No one ever really recovers from war. And now the Bushies are sending ever increasing numbers to Iraq to stay there even longer, more cannon fodder from their insane wars.
“Just another poor boy / off to fight a rich man’s war” –Steve Earle