As many of you by now know, Lt. Colonel Todd Clark of Albany was killed in Afghanistan last week. Today, we mourn as a community as Lt. Colonel Clark has returned home to Albany. I know I share the feelings of many of you when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with the Clark family. Services will be held here locally with internment at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
Today, I was outright angered to learn that our government will not be paying for Lt. Clark’s flight to his final resting place. In a statement on her FB page, Clark’s mother Kathleen was beside herself stating, “My son was flown halfway around the world to fight senseless battles, five times in active war zones, killed in action and our government is refusing to give him a plane from NY to TX.”
My friends, this goes way beyond Pentagon red tape and is just absolute madness. Here we have an American hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his country will not take him to his final rest. We spend trillions of dollars all around the world but cannot fly our fallen to their final place of rest.
God bless Todd Clark and the Clark family. Let’s hope our government does the right thing and gives this local hero his flight home. Our fighting men and women deserve the very best we have to offer. And that extends to the families of those who pay the ultimate sacrifice. Is this the best we have to offer?
In closing, sometimes the greatest nation in the world does not always make the greatest decisions. We spend money on such things as “tattoo removal programs” and “video game research” while neglecting what should be our top priority, our men and women in uniform and their families. God bless the U.S.A.