Some lives seem to be more valuable than others, and some names seem to be more important to remember–at least to the mainstream media.
Let us honor the fallen as they all deserve:
Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright, 29
Those three names have not been mentioned in the media as often as the name of another fallen service member, who also died in Niger–Sergeant La David Johnson, pictured below.
Media coverage has focused upon the death of Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, mostly because of shameful political exploitation of his death. Sad to say, henceforth when people hear his name, they probably won’t remember his service or his sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation. Instead, they will likely think about how some have sought to score political points against President Trump and in so doing have made the story all about themselves. One such person has even bragged that now she’s a “rock star.”
As we know, Sgt. La David Johnson left behind a pregnant wife and two young daughters. This link goes to a fundraising page for his family. Sean Hannity and the Miami Dolphins have contributed to it, among thousands of others.
As well, SSG Jeremiah Johnson is survived by a wife and two daughters. (There doesn’t appear to be a fundraising page dedicated to his memory or for the benefit of his family.)
SSG Dustin Wright is survived by his girlfriend and at least one brother. (Facts are hard to come by due to a scarcity of stories.) This link goes to a fundraising page in memory of SSG Wright, with proceeds to go to ” Fisher House, the Green Beret Foundation and to establish a foundation in Dustin’s honor .”
A quick glance at the three fundraising pages will show that unequal media attention pays off. Sgt. La David Johnson’s children will be well funded in the future, which is well and good for them. The page has raised over $700,000, but those children will need all the support they can get.
However, thanks to the unusual and unseemly focus the media has placed upon the politics surrounding Sgt. La David Johnson’s death, survivors of the other service members are being overlooked. The other two funds have garnered only about $23,000 and $49,000 so far, much, much less than has been raised for the La David Johnson family. $23,000 will not be much help to SSG Black’s wife, as she raises two boys without their father, especially given that one child has autism.
Let us remember all of the fallen. Let us support all of the survivors. Each and every one of these men has given his life in defense of his country. They all deserve equal acclaim, attention, and honor, especially from the media. ALL of their names should be remembered. All lives matter.
Let us pray for the repose of the souls of the fallen and for their families, so they may find peace and comfort over the difficult times ahead as they adjust to their loss.
God bless them all and may God continue to bless the United States of America.