War is hell. On the fighting front, on the home front, it's hell. Most Americans today don't realize what military families experience because we don't really ACT like a nation at war.
I'm not going to get into the politics either pro or con about the war in this posting, I'm merely stepping into the role of Rod Serling to present this tale that seemingly could only have come from the Twilight Zone.
Hat tip to Mondoreb at Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts.
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (AP) -- The body of an 11-month-old girl reported missing after her soldier father returned from a deployment in Iraq was found in the attic of her home, authorities said.
Harmony Jude Creech apparently had been dead for weeks, Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said late Saturday night. Rollins said the child's mother, Johni Michelle Heuser, told investigators she had found the baby dead in its crib and put the body in the attic of her home.
Neighbors said they had been bothered by a foul smell for several weeks and that the smell only subsided recently when overnight temperatures dropped. Several neighbors said they had searched their yards for dead animals because of the smell.
Harmony's father, Ronald Earl Creech II, returned to North Carolina from a 15-month deployment in Iraq on Friday hoping to see his daughter. Harmony was born while he was overseas, police said...
Perhaps in the coming days, more will come out on this story and we can understand what happened. Perhaps there is no understand, perhaps it is merely a reflection upon our society of something that has misfired in our internal wiring. Or perhaps it is just another example of a short circuit that has existed since the first men walked this earth so long ago.
Time will tell.
Keep this military family in your prayers.
Once and Always, an American Fighting Man