Earlier this week, two teen boys assaulted a World War II military veteran. One, 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn, turned himself in Thursday night. The other youth, Kenan D. Adams-Kinard, also 16, is being sought by police. Delbert "Shorty" Belton, age 88, was beaten and robbed – and later died from his injuries – Wednesday evening in the parking lot of an Eagles lodge in North Spokane.
According to M. Alex Johnson and Tracy Connor of NBC news, Belton served in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, yet friends say the trauma of war did not diminish Belton’s “instinct to help others.”
In the wake of an unwanted war, many appear to have forgotten the motive for most soldiers is to help and protect American citizens. They often seem to be assigned the brunt of our nation’s anger, when they have no control over where they fight or why. They simply enlist. As with any group, there are members who are not completely honorable. That’s a given.
According to those close to Belton, "Kids today, they think they can do whatever they want and it doesn't matter.” It is correct that youth crime is on the rise, but this also appears to be part of a larger problem of growing crime that targets our soldiers. At the very least, it denotes a lack of respect for those risk their lives for our freedom.
In the coming weeks, we will take a look behind the scenes of military life – from the perspective of one who will always love and respect a soldier - a mother. Discussion will focus on the lack of provisions, recompense, and respect for the men and women who serve us, as well as the situations in those countries and the life conditions under which they live. Join us as we paint a picture of the reality of war.