Thursday, February 15, 2007

The cost of war


Even more than the flag-draped coffins in the planes coming home, this heart-breaking picture summarizes the real costs -- the real sacrifices, Mr. President -- of our adventure in Iraq. From AlterNet (


Former Marine Sgt. Ty Ziegel, wounded in Iraq in December 2004 by a suicide car bomber, stands with his high school sweetheart, Renee Kline, at a photo studio on the morning of their wedding day, October 7, 2006.

Renee has continued to support her husband, who returned home to Illinois after undergoing 50 surgeries and 19 months of rehabilitation.

The [above] photo, taken by Nina Berman, won a 1st prize in the World Press Photo Awards last week. To see more pictures of Ziegel and his wife, visit

Anyone seeking to help should send donations to, an organization that aids military families and has helped Ty and his family during his rehabilitation.

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