April is the month to take extra time to honor the families of our military service members — specifically, their children. Tuesday is National Purple Up Day, a still-growing celebration that has only been around for four years now.
After years of living in a war-torn country, an Iraqi man is starting a new life in Minnesota with the help of some American soldiers he met overseas. Twelve days ago, Khalid, known by American soldiers as “Phillip,” arrived in the Twin Cities. “Twelve days without any check points. Nobody asks me where I’m going, you know, all the security stuff. And you feel safe,” Khalid said. “The first three, four days [it] was exciting. First time to see snow, you know. All this nice weather, but now, I feel cold.”
Standing outside the Refuge Golf Course clubhouse, tournament director Bob Whitcraft explains a lofty goal for the fifth annual Wounded Warrior charity golf event. And with every drive off a tee, or every putt on a green, 144 charity golfers are helping disabled vets like Patrick, Chad and Erik.
The horrifying tragedy of the American soldier who is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians raises serious questions about the U.S. Military’s awareness, monitoring and understanding of how troops are faring under the unimaginable stresses of combat.