This was the image that I had in mind when I wrote The Trauma of Betrayal. This is part of a mural on Shannon St. at Geary St. painted by war veteran Bryan Parker as part of The Veteran’s Mural Project in Shannon Alley.
It is dedicated to Reuben Chip Santos who committed suicide in 2009 as a result of his service in Iraq.
What guilt and pain is so terrible that living is no longer an option for a young man?
These statistics were part of the memorial to Santos.
I think we owe them a listen:
“…You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.” Tomas Young (November 30, 1979 – November 10, 2014)
My point in posting this is not to argue whether or not the Invasion of Iraq was
a war crime.
My point is that many of our returning vets think it was.
Their thoughts matter.