Yet Another Preventable Tragedy
This is the topic that I hate to write about the most. The death of a service member is a tragedy unlike any other. Our brave men and women in uniform are the best people that I’ve ever known. They serve our nation and ask for nothing in return.
And sometimes, terrible acts befall them. It’s almost too much for words.
The Marine Corps Times reported on the tragedy. A Vietnam Veteran, Samuel W. Jackson, died due to the Pennsylvania crash. The driver was illegal immigrant Nemias Perez Severiano. Severiano struck and killed Jackson as he exited his car outside his home. The retired Marine was dragged more than 50 feet behind the vehicle. Severiano was extremely drunk at the wheel. Even worse, he had no driver’s license.
Corporal Jackson was remembered by his comrades as an honorable man who heeded his nation’s call in Vietnam. For all of his sacrifice, no Marine’s death should happen this way.
I write about this story with a particularly heavy heart. As a retired Marine, I wish my brother in arms’ family the absolute best. He deserved better. Far, far better.
Dying on the battlefield is bad enough. I have met too many grieving families of those who die in faraway places for our freedom. However, such a disgrace happening on our soil is unacceptable. I hope that this is the last such article that I have to write, but as long as our lawmakers do not properly value our men and women in uniforms’ lives, it is another preventable tragedy.
Here is an opportunity for lawmakers at the state and federal level to stand up for our vets. Drafting laws that responsibly deal with thousands of similar hit and run accidents annually is just the start.
And remember, your service is never forgotten. Always faithful.