The big story last week was the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The Today Show ran a lengthy package entitled “American Forces Withdraw from Iraq” — misleading if not outright inaccurate. Folks took exception to that vein of reporting on our Facebook page.
In reality, our troops are not gone from Iraq. The New York Times has a much more in-depth look at the future of Iraq and what kind of military presence we’ll need there over the long term.
So while it’s encouraging that the country appears to be more stable over all, our service members will continue to deploy to that region. They’ll continue to face the dangers of a war zone. They’ll continue to leave their families for long periods of time. They’ll continue to do their jobs.
That means despite what you may have heard or read this week, we still have service members in Iraq. And the ones who are coming home aren’t exactly done with the war either. The Washington Post points out these service members are bringing the war home with them. With an estimated one in five service members affected by PTSD, the families will share that burden as they welcome their loved ones home.
That means we’re not done with this war. We may never be. But we continue to hope and work toward better lives and resources for our military families.