Thursday evening I found an email from the SRC for SE Wisconsin:

Six Patriot Guard riders stood for this FALLEN HERO, another casualty of PTSD, which I consider a battlefield casualty. The Family and friends of Jason demonstrated their love for him by a huge gathering tonight. Jason’s Wife and children sat next to the casket and greeted family and friends. Most poignant were the drawings by the children placed in the casket beside their father. The PGR members were greatly appreciated, an ovation after the plaque presentation, and thanked for showing their Honor and Respect.

Tomorrow is another visitation before the service at the church for those that missed tonight’s visitation.

Thank you to Chris, Hammer, Mike, a new member Tom, and of course my wife Barb.

I hope to see more members tomorrow. Friday morning, I was there:



One year ago, Stars and Stripes reported that “...male veterans under 30 saw a 44 percent increase in the rate of suicides. That’s roughly two young veterans a day who take their own life, most just a few years after leaving the service.”

The reason we send in soldiers is because we are compassionate. Maybe the next time they manage to sucker-punch with another 911, we should limit ourselves to missiles and drones. If there must be collateral damage, better them than us. Maybe.

Jason died because we didn't respond to al Qaeda with nuclear weapons. We could have – their boys use knives to decapitate prisoners for video propaganda. It would be easy to decide to “kill 'em all and let God sort it out.” But we didn't. We sent our boys to sort it out.

Jim is right: Jason died on the battlefield. Jason brought a little piece of Iraq back to Kenosha.