Image courtesy: Pfc. David Hauk, U.S. Army. Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Respecting sacrifice

The solemn voyage to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base is one no military family ever wants to make. Dignified transfer ceremonies for U.S. troops killed in action overseas are held at Dover, and are probably the most delicate moments, along with military funerals, that loved ones can experience in war.

This site is honored to be friendly with the USO, which kindly published an article I wrote about Operation Proper Exit last week. There is no better example of the organization's compassionate mission than its two USO centers at Dover, which are set up to give families a quiet atmosphere to reflect and grieve, before and after witnessing the return of their fallen heroes to American soil.

While we all wish these centers weren't necessary, it is encouraging to know an organization is thinking ahead about how to support relatives dealing with devastating news. As the video notes, volunteers are present whenever a dignified transfer ceremony takes place, which can sometimes be at 3 or 4 a.m. This selfless sacrifice on the homefront is what our troops and their families deserve. Thank you, USO.

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