This Tuesday, Army Sergeant 1st Class Terry Wallace of Bellevue and Army Spc. Jeremy Jones of Omaha were killed by roadside bombings as well. Between Wallace and Jones, seven Nebraska children are now without their fathers.
I won't comment further. Let your own heart decide what these families' grief and, yes, pride mean to you. But, please, keep these young men, their families, and especially those seven children in your thoughts and prayers.
The moment politics starts to overshadow real people with real lives who face real concerns and - all too often - real tragedies, we have lost our way. I am sorry that it takes so much loss - and a moment of pure sorrow for the plight of those seven children - to force a much-needed reminder of that fact.