No more 10th deployments


Late last month U.S. Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, critically injured in Afghanistan during his 10th deployment, took the spotlight at the end of President Obama’s State of the Union Address and received what is believed to be the longest standing ovation ever given at these gatherings.

The news stories honoring Remsburg’s service are dying down, but the conversation about his story’s lessons ought to be starting in earnest. The seeds of that conversation were sown in my own mind by Obama himself. All the while that Congress applauded and cheered, Obama’s words ran through my head: 10th deployment … 10th deployment … 10th deployment.

It was a mantra of disbelief.


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