Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A mother grieves for her son...

This photo published by Truthout this past weekend left me thinking about the people who really pay the price for war. Photo shows Shellie Starr dropping off birthday ballons at the gravesite of her son, Jeff, at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetary. On Thursday, Starr would have turned 23. He was killed last year on Memorial Day, just two days before he would have returned to civilian life. The war has taken an enormous and under-reported toll on military families at home.

(Photo: Karen Ducey / The Seattle Post-Intelligencer)