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A powerful reminder of war in Iraq

Post Independent OpinionGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We get a daily reminder about the war. Newspaper headlines and TV reports never let us forget that the war in Iraq continues.We may not forget about the war, but for many, the war doesn’t occupy a high level of prominence.Soldiers are still being killed. Troops are still in danger on a daily basis.Last week we got an up-close reminder of the dangers of war.Jeremiah Sherman almost died. The Marine staff sergeant suffered injuries from an explosive device.Jeremiah Sherman was lucky. A concussion, shrapnel wounds and a broken hand, but he’s alive.Virtually every day we hear about soldiers who weren’t lucky.Sherman is a 1999 graduate of Roaring Fork High School. The former Ram is now serving a second tour of duty in Iraq.He doesn’t need a reminder that the war continues. The war is his job.The Sherman headline should have gotten our attention because it was a local man. The emotional impact is heightened so much when it’s a local soldier.We grow immune to the headlines and reports. It’s more of the same. Just another day of the war.But news of Jeremiah Sherman’s close call should serve as a powerful reminder to us all. In the political tug of war that has become this war, we should never forget that there are soldiers who find themselves in danger every day.Politics tend to dominate the headlines of this war, and that’s justified. Politics and war go hand in hand. So do war and death.It’s good to get a local reminder that the troops in Iraq are still in harm’s way. It’s also great when the headline isn’t about a soldier who died.

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