Brad Messer Commentary
Thursday, December 11, 2003

Lives Forever Changed

This morning's commentary is about what I watched on TV last night.

A program called The Homecoming on "48 Hours" about men getting their arms and legs blown off in Iraq. They return stateside, spend agonizing days healing at Walter Reed hospital, then go home to their loved ones. Lives forever changed. Parts of them, literally, still in Iraq.

I was proud of the three young combat veterans showcased by Susan Spencer. Patriotic, optimistic, hopeful. Not angry, not bitter. You couldn't ask for more respectable countrymen.

I just about couldn't take it. I bailed out.

Over to PBS for one of their fundraising specials. Roy Orbison and Friends. The famous Black & White Night. Orbison, Springsteen, Waits, lang— the legendary concert recorded at the now-gone Cocoanut Grove 15 years ago.

It was good to escape into Roy Orbison's music. Put those broken men from Iraq out of my mind.

But then I thought about them again. It's impossible to go very long without thinking of our 2-thousand-plus Iraq casualties— lives forever changed. If I ever get the chance, I'll tell one of them Thank You.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


CBS 48 Hours 12/10/2003
The Homecoming

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