Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy

Tonight, President Obama gave the annual State of the Union speech.   In it the current president outlines how the country is doing in terms of economics, foreign policy, and domestic programs, and highlights his vision for the future and steps needed to get there.  If you’re a wonk, this is the speech for you.

The part that moved me though, occurred in the final few moments, when he told the story of Army Ranger 1st Sgt. Cory Remsburg.  The president met him several years ago.  Cory was young and easygoing and the president told him to keep in touch.  Soon after their encounter, Cory went on his 10th deployment and was harmed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.  He was found face down in a ditch with shrapnel in his brain.  He was in a coma for months, blind in his left eye and partially paralyzed.

Cory Remsburg

“Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again.  ‘My recovery has not been easy, he says.  ‘Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.'” (State of the Union Address – Guardian.com).

Cory received a standing ovation that lasted a minute and 34 seconds.  A lot of people talk about Obamacare from various points of view, but I think the real healthcare issue is going to be handling veterans returning home.

According to ABC News, more than 2.5 million people served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; 1 in 50 have physical injuries; 1 in 5 have signs of depression and/or post traumatic stress disorder.

If you are a soldier – thank you for your service.  Let’s hope you receive healthcare worthy of your efforts.

Did you watch the SOTU?  What did you think?

Lisa

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