“The Forgotten Few” by David Fell
Who will honor? Who will remember? Who will give you your final salute? Who will pay tribute to your service and sacrifice?
Does anyone even know? You are moved from this unit to that. All that know of your service are gone, moved on to new places. You have been moved to a unit that knows not of your accomplishment, knows not of your sacrifices. They are busy about many important tasks, preparing for their upcoming deployment. To them, you are useless, serve no purpose, make no contribution, will make no contribution.
You are labeled as “excess”. A burden that has to be explained away. An object to be cleared from the books. The more quickly and quietly removed from the books the better; the less questions from above, “Why do you have so many broken people? You need to clean up your books!” Says the next higher commander.
Yet you have given so much for your country. You were there when your fellow Soldiers needed you. You faced all obstacles with courage and demonstrated valor when faced with danger and death. You worked day and night constantly giving to those around you. When you thought your strength would fail, you learned it would not. You learned you could dig deeper than you ever thought possible.
You never shrunk away from a battle, from danger, from a challenge. You were a source of strength and courage for those in need, even when you yourself felt none.
Thank you my fellow Wounded Warrior. I remember. I thank you. I stand with you, my fellow Wounded Warrior. We stand together—The Forgotten Few.