Sen. Warner’s Father Returns to Iwo Jima

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    Add this to the long list of things I didn’t know about my elected officials. It turns out, Mark Warner’s father (pictured above near the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington) fought as a U.S. Marine in the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, and recently returned there for the 66th anniversary (the battle was in February-March 1945). Thank you to Mark Warner’s father for his service, and thank you to everyone he served with for fighting fascism and tyranny and for defending America. For more on the Battle of Iwo Jima, check out this site by the Defense Department.

    • blue bronc

      This is a great story.

      The flights to WWII battle areas are very important to these vets. As are flights to Korea and Vietnam for vets of those undeclared wars. The flights can be supported by contributions too. Honor Flight

      An important background piece is that PTSD was not a diagnosis for these veterans.  If you had anything like PTSD you usually kept it to yourself.  Many of us had the uncle with “issues” after he came “back”.  Back could be WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam or other military era.  You don’t have to be in combat to have PTSD; the military is where you see and do things that civilians never should.  

      These vets going back are closing chapters of their lives that have been nightmares from the time the were there.  A chance to clear things is very important. I wish my father-in-law could have done that; ‘course he would have done North Africa, Sicili, Italy, France and Germany. That would have been an awesome tour! He did it from 1942-1945 and was ready to be shipped to Japan.