Hear me please. With so many deaths in Afghanistan this July, I have little to say today. But what is here is important. I’m in a spiritual place this week, this seems like a fitting place to read these names out loud. Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 16,858 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. Naming them each week would simply be impossible. I can’t even mention the emotional wounds that we may never know exist. Average age of the dead listed below…………………..23. Twenty three years old. Their lives had barely begun. Two were national guardsman. Can anyone hear me?