Levey: Don't forget soldiers still in Afghanistan

May 10, 2013 

May 4 was the deadliest day of the Afghan war this year. In most newspapers, this was not even a story. We need to change this.

So many in our country are disconnected from our military and the sacrifices that they and their families are making every day.

Regardless of one's political beliefs about the war, the war is not over. The troop drawdown, in many respects, means very simply that there are fewer soldiers protecting one another.

We must be mindful of our military and the challenges they are facing.

We must think about the losses they are enduring and of the tremendous sacrifices they make on a daily basis. We must support the families whose lives are forever changed by deployments, injury and loss.

This month, we will celebrate Memorial Day, a day of remembering the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

As we reflect on those who have passed, we should also renew our commitment to support those who continue to serve. They and their families need to know that we have not forgotten them.

>BARBARA LEVEY

>Merced

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