Friday, September 28, 2007

Honor The Fallen UPDATED

We just found out we lost a friend in Iraq. Someone my husband served with until this past July at BAMC. Dr. Roselle Hoffmaster, Captain, US Army, Godspeed and Rest in Peace. DailyKOS has a nice write-up about Roselle. Also there is a guestbook for her friends and family at

UPDATE: The Patriots over at Comment From Left Field have added Roselle to their tribute for Fisher House. I posted on this here.
If you want to really support the troops, real people not just faceless numbers, give what you can to support Fisher House, the organization that houses military family members while their loved one is treated in a military hospital. Read all about it and give what you can, it may make the difference between someone making it to recovery or someone dying alone. I guarantee it will do more than that ribbon magnet made in China.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to all the family and friends. May they find some healing inner strength that links them to the courage and self-lessness of their dear lost companion.

And as to the 4 of 7 who wrote the editorial...isn't life strange sometimes. You say your say and make your peace with yourself and leave yourself unguarded perhaps for a moment and gazing into Eternity, fall away from the horror. RIP brave and ethical soldiers, may your families and friends find some consolation in your honor.

Anonymous said...

How doubly sad to lose such an outstanding person in such a futile and evil cause. Condolences to all who knew her.

Anonymous said...

Every one of these deaths is so painful. One by one, family by family, the searing reality of loss ripping out their hearts. There are not enough tears in the world to make this horrific and brutal war comprehensible. My heart goes out to all who have fallen and to those who must cope with the brutality. And for your young friend, whose dedication to healing had only just begun to flourish, RIP.

America, SPEAK OUT against the war.

Mark said...

The best way to honor her life is to refuse to serve in this illegal war.

Stop the war now.

Anonymous said...

What a tragedy to lose someone so young and full of promise, especially someone whose "business" was healing. My heartfelt sympathy for all those who knew and loved her.

Anonymous said...

What a heartbreaking loss for her family and those who loved her. What a faithbreaking loss they are all. The government has broken faith with its miiltary and Americans know it. We know that too few are asked for too much and that we sent some of our brightest and best to die - without just cause.

It's horrible to think of in the abstract, but when it is reduced to a name and a face and a family and friends, it is just a sorrow that won't fade.

Anonymous said...

Hope - my thoughts are with you, your husband, your friends and fellow soldiers.

So much loss. So little justification.

I heard you on the Randi Rhoades show today and you were great. Thank you for pointing out to her that not every soldier can just nonchalantly choose to go AWOL -- that it would mean certain jail time for those people and that no one in the military takes an oath to the president, but to the country and the Constitution.

It's pretty damned easy for someone who is not currently in the military to make such outlandish statements, but apparently, Randi Rhoades doesn't "get" what that oath is all about.

My dad fought in France in WWII. He is totally opposed to the Iraqi war and occupation, and has been from the beginning, but he would never, NEVER tell any soldier to go AWOL.

I lost a lot of respect for Randi Rhoades today.

I gained even more for you.

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Thank you Shoe, you sympathies are much appreciated.

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