Memorial Day was great this past weekend. Normally, this is a somber time for those of us who are veterans. As a veteran I can tell you that often I do not look forward to these veteran holidays and July 4th due to the fact that it often times brings up memories of not being able to do more to serve the country, and there is survivor’s guilt knowing that so many of our fellow Marines, Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen have died in the wars.
This past weekend was great though. Activities everywhere brought back a sense of nationalism that often times seem lost in the narrative of our country these days. But I’d like to speak about something different about this Memorial Day.
On my twitter feed Monday Anthony Bourdain said, “Remember the fallen, the wounded and let us make SURE we start paying some real attention to all the sufferers of TBI.” Some celebrities are understanding the effects of service members with wounds that can’t be seen.
This one statement by a celebrity was courageous in and of itself. Yes, let’s start paying attention to traumatic brain injury and other unseen illnesses. Thank you, Anthony Bourdain!