Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Difference Between Living And Being Alive

Shhhh! We're not supposed to talk about the ones that don't die and are merely injured:

"Personally, I think there's a difference between living and being alive," [combat medic with the U.S. Army, Sgt] Howard said. "A lot of us fear losing an arm or a leg; a lot of guys worry they'll get hurt and lose their genitals. It's the head injuries that are the worst, in my opinion. I fear getting a head wound -- having brain damage and still being alive, but not being able to care for my wife or kids."

Smoking a cigarette as he talked, the 27-year-old father of two from Florida said, "We all think about things like this -- we try not to, we try to distract ourselves with video games or talking trash, but you can't escape from this stuff. Not many of us worry about death except for the effect on our families."

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