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RIP, Captain Michael Scott Speicher

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F/A-18 Hornet pilot Captain Scott Speicher was lost to ground fire on Jan. 17, 1991 during the first Gulf War. His remains have been returned to the United States.

Ten Americans have lost their lives in Afghanistan in recent days, and some are profiled in this Salem News piece by Tom King. July, 2009 has been the worst month for losses in Afghanistan since the invasion in 2001. Our British allies lost 22 soldiers in the month of July in Afghanistan.

There is a lot of news to cover on the political front, but the war in Afghanistan needs to remain on the front page even as the war in Iraq becomes first a peacekeeping mission and then a long support mission. The hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines still deployed and still facing extraordinary hardships and dangers still deserve the sort of support that has marked the effort from the beginning of the war on 9/11.

You can help by adopting a soldier or a Marine via SoldiersAngels, or via a contribution to The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund or Fisher House. Perhaps as you head off on an August vacation and especially if you have kids, you can mark the start by helping one of these three great organizations and explaining to the family that you get the freedom to travel to your vacation and enjoy it because of the sacrifices of people like Captain Speicher and his present day colleagues deployed and fighting half a globe away.

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