As we hear about another soldier who has given their life for this country, it does not seem to resonate the same sympathy and sadness from the American people it once did.
At the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was the individual soldier who was honored as their lifeless bodies were flown to the Dover airbase, where it was met by the President, other officials, and their grieving families.
Today seems to be another time and situation when the federal government fails to honor those who died heroes just like thousands of others have in history.
Daily, it seems that we hear of some outlandish shut-down because of politics - only to see the President ride in on his white horse to save the day and reverse the news reports of such heart wrenching threats. One can only wonder and suspect that it is all a ploy of politics.
On October 6, 2013 Army 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, age 25, who served as a nurse to help the wounded, was in fact herself wounded and killed by an IED – improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Her family and friends, like those of other fallen heroes, grieves no less. However, they are given an extra added unnecessary burden of being used as pawns in a political difference here in her beloved homeland.
Her commanding officer said of her, “We’ve lost a superb officer and caring nurse who served with marked distinction and honor.”
She and the other four Americans who were killed this past week-end deserve to be remembered by their nation with as much honor deserved by all previous fallen soldiers who served this country.
Ms. Moreno volunteered this past June to go to Afghanistan as a member of a cultural support team with a special operations task force.
She was born in San Diego and after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree, she received a commission as a US Army Officer.
After finishing her Army airborne course in 2009, she was stationed at Army Madigan Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, where she served as a clinical staff nurse in the medical surgical unit.
She sought an assignment to serve in Afghanistan in special operations. There she gave her life – and there is no greater sacrifice than for one to lay down his/her life for another.
This is a very dangerous job for women who serve as liaisons between Afghan women and the US Army. These women seek information that would otherwise be unattainable because of the culture differences between men and women in that country.
Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stated: "Her bravery and self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the 75th Ranger Regiment. She was making a difference in Afghanistan and that legacy will live on."
Condolences are extended with broken and thankful hearts to her mother, Marie V. Cordero, and her sisters Jearaldy Moreno and Yaritza Cordova of San Diego. Her brother, Ivan Moreno, serves in the Army.
What a slap in the face and a disgrace for this administration who would allow such discrimination against her and her family today as her body arrives into the country she died for.
While absurd activities and other useless projects and programs continue to be funded – this administration decided in a political move that her family would not receive the traditional and lawful $100,000.00 voted on by Congress to be given to the families of fallen heroes.
This allotment, even though increased through the years, dates back to 1908. Hopefully, the backlash from all Americans will cause the President to step into the limelight once again and with a swift swipe of his pen, see that these families are compensated for their financial loss; as nothing could ever compensate them for their persona loss.
You may contact your Congress folks via this web site.
While America is sending billions and billions to other countries to help fight their wars, here in America the administration chooses to target the families of our fallen heroes.
Rest in peace lovely Ms. Moreno – for your service to America, for your example to other women, and for the love you had for your family and friends. We know you sacrificed many years of training and service to become the soldier/nurse that you were and that will live on as an inspiration to other women in whatever fields they choose for their careers.
We honor you, we grieve with your family, and friends and know that is it not the American people who has dishonored you but an administration that will play politics of any means for their own agendas.
If you would like to send a card or note of condolences to her family, you might send them to. Family of Lt. Jennifer Moreno, Medical Army Center, 9040 Fitzsimmons Drive, Tacoma, WA 98431 (253) 968-1110
Reference: Home Post – The Military Life
Other soldiers who also lost their lives – their stories to follow.
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Penn., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.
Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy.
Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.
The 19-year-old Marine who died on Saturday, Lance Corporal Jeremiah Collins, was stationed in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The Pentagon did not disclose his cause of death, saying the incident was under investigation.
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