With relatively little notice, soldiers still dying in Afghanistan

While the rest of the world says goodbye to a year, a family in Massachusetts said goodbye today to a son and husband.

Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian was killed two days before Christmas in Afghanistan and today he came home to Abington, south of Boston. A motorcade escorted the casket from Logan Airport to his hometown.

And people stopped what they were doing:

The incredible picture from the Boston Globe of his family greeting him home is one we’ve seen far too many times.

Sgt. Vasselian,27, was killed four days after the fourth anniversary of his marriage to his high school sweetheart.

Of all of the end-of-year news stories being circulated this week looking back at 2013, very few have anything to do with the war.

U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2013: 127.

  • Moffitt

    Before the oil train fire, Casselton, ND was best known as the “Home of the Governors.” The relatively tiny town has produced 4 North Dakota Governors.

    In addition to governors, Casselton also produces ethanol. The plant there is NOT blowing up, threatening the health of the entire population. Just sayin’

    Happy New Year, everyone.

  • Moffitt

    Sorry, posted comment on wrong post. My heart goes out to Sgt. Vasselian’s family.

  • MikeB

    I am continually surprised by the canyon-wide gap between
    the love and respect for the troops and seemingly universal indifference to
    what they are going through, and the reasons why they are still in Iraq and
    Afghanistan. The respect and appreciation is salted by the guilt and distance, perhaps it’s the other way around.

    You’d think that revelations about veterans’ lack of
    treatment options and care at home would be electoral malpractice, but it’s not.
    It’s much easier to put a sticker on your car or wear a t-shirt than demanding it be fixed.

  • Guest

    2001…91% of America said “go to war”….sadly you can’t find a single one now who supported the wars, only those who are NOW AGAINST WAR and forget the thousands who died in vain in the name PEOPLE ABSENT, Changed names or LYING that they were against the wars, the whole time.

  • Sometimes it’s just Nuts

    in 2001…91% of America said “go to war”, the Bush/Cheney’s said it was so, the MASS MEDIA told you it was so and if you weren’t onboard you were deemed a traitor and those same war mongers also helped ruin careers and lives….SADLY, today you can’t find a single one of them. You just can’t find those war mongers who were proudly for WAR, but conveniently now AGAINST WAR, BUT the rest of us cannot forget the thousands who died in vain or in the name of Corporate and Religious America. Quit allowing these liars to stand in anger for war deaths, Since in fact they were for War, Torture & Death before they were against it and only since someone they know was sacrificed for NOTHING!

    • http://www.fark.com/ Onan

      I was one of the 9% who was against the wars at the outset. i can’t tell you how many times I was called a traitor or “unAmerican.”

      It just makes me sick to think we wasted all of those lives and resources for nothing other than to make those in the Administration feel good about themselves.

      • Sometimes it’s just Nuts

        NO ONE, ever challenges those who supported war and this debt debacle…..once again we allow them into the comforts of society unscathed by the damage they did in their support. The mass media who sold this whole situation to the people of this country get to keep making money, telling lies and working against the people as usual.

  • Sometimes it’s just Nuts

    People are angry? Yep me and many other veterans, many from Vietnam. Conservatives send us to war, leave us high and dry and without equipment, then they consistently threaten us by taking away access to the VA, deny us others benefits and vote against JOBS BILLS……then they take away vital life lines like food stamps and educational assistance and retraining, because the RICH & CORPORATIONS need another subsidy. When does the trickle down of all these war profiteers make it to the veterans and family’s who actually did the work and made the sacrifices?