Lowering flag nice, but more needed
It was interesting that after almost a full week, the government decided to lower the flag to half-staff to show respect for the fallen Marine and Navy recruiters from Chattanooga. The more interesting thing will be recognizing their losses as having been “in the line of duty,” allowing their survivors to receive Purple Hearts and death benefits, which are awarded to survivors families.
Considering that this action was defined as having been an act of domestic terrorism, it thus falls into the scope and definition of having happened in the war against terrorism and allows for full recognition of their sacrifice.
It makes a nice public relations statement, lowering the flag, but a true sign of respect includes having their names included in total losses suffered, as well as the proper receipt of benefits defining their service.
As they have also served on deployments, they have served in actual areas of direct conflict overseas as well. Domestic terrorism is nothing less than an enemy having come to our shores and inflicted harm.
Robert Johnston, Longs