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Somber reminder

by Ray Carter Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm •  Published: June 7, 2012

Although most of the more than 3,000 soldiers from Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have returned from Afghanistan, more than 285 remain on active duty…because they are at military hospitals. That’s a somber reminder of the price these men and women paid to defend the rest of us. Those soldiers are undergoing rehabilitation for wounds suffered during their service, and recovery is expected to continue for years for many. When we think of military sacrifice, our thoughts usually go to the fourteen soldiers killed in action during the nine-month deployment. The news that hundreds of Oklahomans suffered serious wounds that have prolonged their service is a somber reminder of the enormous debt we owe them. Even those who make it back home often have a long road ahead. They deserve our thanks and strongest support.

Returning soldiers listen to a speech during a homecoming ceremony for about 180 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers with the 180th Cavalry Squadron returning from Kuwait and soldiers with the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returning from Afghanistan at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 31, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Returning soldiers listen to a speech during a homecoming ceremony for about 180 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers with the 180th Cavalry Squadron returning from Kuwait and soldiers with the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returning from Afghanistan at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 31, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman


by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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