Thank goodness for the power of the pen (or should we say the keyboard). Don’t think I am insensitive to some people’s grief because I wrote this; I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. With that being said, as a writer and a patriot I get upset at things from time to time and feel the need to write about it. One of the things I recently read that hit a nerve was the fact that some family members of the people killed when an American Marine helicopter crashed in Nepal are now seeking financial compensation for the loss of their loved ones.
For those of you who are not familiar with the situation, in April of this year Nepal suffered two devastating earthquakes that claimed over 8000 lives and injured countless more. The destruction that was left behind was catastrophic and many of the hardest hit areas were those of rural population centers that were left cut off after the quake.
As our great country usually does, we responded in a time of crisis and did our part to ease suffering as much as possible after a disaster has happened somewhere around the world. We sent teams of first responders to Nepal to help find victims trapped in the rubble and also sent some military helicopters to help take urgently needed supplies to rural areas and get the badly injured residents to hospitals and makeshift aide centers. Tragically, on May 12th, one of our helicopters went down while transporting injured civilians and all on board, including the crew, were killed. Our hearts go out to all the families of both the civilians and military personnel that were lost.
But here is where I believe a line has been crossed. Now, 5 family members of the civilians that perished in the crash are seeking financial compensation from the USA. Our military personnel, I am sure, were directly responsible for saving many lives while they were there before the crash. Our government sent our brave armed forces there to help without expecting any ‘compensation’ in return for their efforts. The pilots and crew were described as being eager to help even though the mission would take them far from their loved ones back home; little did they know when they left, they would never see them again.
Here is a direct quote from one of the affected family members: “Two soldiers got off and loaded the people, and they all got inside the helicopter that had no seats and was crowded. I was just happy that my wounded father was going to a hospital.” The keyword in that quote is ‘happy.’ Those people were happy because they knew that the American flight crew was their best, and probably only, hope for many of their injured loved ones to get the medical help they so badly needed.
I for one would be appalled if we gave these family members any more than enough money to bury their dead, especially when we do not even know the cause of the crash yet. Personally, I feel it would amount to a slap in the face to the family members of our service personnel that were left without husbands and fathers. That event was a tragedy for both Americans and Nepalese alike, but I don’t believe we need to pay compensation to people’s families when we were there out of the generosity of our hearts to help those very same people.
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