(Military) Home is Where the Heart IS
For a military family, where is home? You move every three years, possibly to other countries (Korea, Japan, England, Germany, Germany, Germany [because so many were stationed in Germany]). Maybe the Philippines, maybe diplomatic schools in Burkina Faso. I lived in Iceland. The children have disruptions of changing schools. But for some, it doesn’t matter because your family hasn’t been settled 50 years in the area, so you are slime.
Just got a call from a lady complaining that my story about a former Bremerton man dying in Afghanistan shouldn’t have been on the front page. She said she wasn’t being cold-hearted but that the man, Johnny C. Walls, wasn’t a resident. He grew up here and graduated from Bremerton High but left for the Army right after that and has been gone for 22 years. Much of his family still lives in Port Orchard.
I can’t say that I agree with her. We’ve had seven guys killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, including a contractor, and some of them had skinnier ties to the area. It’s not something that happens very often, and I don’t think the person needs to live his whole life here to get his due.
She had a good point, but I don’t agree with it. Judging by the comments at the bottom of the story, it appears several people remember growing up with him.
Johnny’s brother and sister, Harvey and Roxana, were great to talk to and I wish them the best.
She doesn’t have a good heart, she has an insular heart. She ignores anyone she does not personally know, so she is a bigot. I congratulate the local paper for acknowledging that. I know the area this report came from, and most folks’ ancestors came there during WW II at the earliest.
(I’m not a military brat, but I know many and am insulted by this)