A Veterans Day Thought – One With Honor

(Image Credit Susannah Smith/Associated Press)

There is a Veterans Day story I want to share in case you haven’t seen it already…but my disclaimer up front is it is hard to do so. The reason I decided to go ahead with this post is because I am tired of seeing our fellow Americans who chose to serve our country be put in harm’s way.

I am pro-military but I am equally, very much anti-war. My father was in the military during the Korean War. I know it changed him. How could it not?

I long ago grew weary of our leaders looking to kill every person who doesn’t like this country at any cost to our own people. I would bring all our service men and women home tomorrow and no one from this country would be at war ever again unless truly, honestly provoked into defending our nation. God knows we’ve spent enough taxpayer dollars on all this technology we keep hearing about. Government and military alike…if you want to keep tabs on anyone perceived to be a threat have at it from a distance.

This is about one veteran, Wade Baker. He died on August 19th because after a quarter-century of trying to counteract what war did to him he simply couldn’t take it anymore.

He was given a beautiful service dog named Honor three years earlier. Honor did everything in his power within that time to try to turn his tortured master’s life around…and he made noticeable progress at one point…but in the end the cumulative horrors Wade Baker experienced in the Gulf War engulfed him and…too weary to fight anymore…staged his own death at the hands of police responding to an alleged gunman/hostage situation.

Wade Baker was the gunman…and the hostage. He made the 911 call which would not save his life…but end it.

The entire AP story describing Baker’s service, his fight to become normal once again…and how his service dog Honor tried to keep him alive…is here.

Honor attended his master’s funeral and curled beneath the casket as the service went on.

The good news is Honor was then allowed to stay with Wade Baker’s family. He continues to provide much more than just service to Baker’s widow and their sons now as they grieve.

In the story it describes after Baker was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he wrote a poem which he felt spoke for others as well:

“They convinced us to fight for honor and glory,

But when they were done with us, the same old story,

Here are trinkets and medals – oh wow, a parade!

Now just forget all the promises made.”

We’ve all heard about the continuing shoddy treatment our returning troops receive. The system was broken from the start and has yet to be fixed. But here’s what I am egotistical enough to believe is an even better idea…

If we don’t want any more broken Veterans…let’s stop creating them in the first place.

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About sportsattitudes

I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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15 Responses to A Veterans Day Thought – One With Honor

  1. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt and informative post Bruce. Wade’s story is tragic and an all too common one shared among our vets. I just don’t understand how the system can continue in it’s broken state and it angers me that the people who answered the highest call one can take are being victimized.

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    • Thank you for your comment Steph! I want every Veteran to be cared for with dignity and respect. That doesn’t seem to be too much to ask for…nor should it be very hard to accomplish. You’d think we’d have that squared away before allowing our folks to serve in the first place.

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      • I’ve been saying for some time now that it seems like our world is upside down. We have people who will gladly give their lives for this country being treated like crap. They should never have to struggle for a job, place to live, excellent healthcare, education, etc. Yet we have corrupt CEOs making money hand over fist and even when they are called to the carpet they get the golden parachute. There just doesn’t seem to be any justice. My son served in the military and while he was able to complete his education and landed a good job, the VA does little to support his ongoing health issues.

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    • Steph, thank your son on my behalf for his service and prayers for his health go out to him as well.

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  2. I agree, you would think that everything would be all figured out before asking for this sacrifice! I also agree with your disclaimer!

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  3. I work with a beautiful service dog. She assists one of our students who has autism.

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  4. Cathy, thank you for sharing that post.

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