US Soldier Killed felt "total abandonment" from government

A special thanks to reader Thomas Vernier for the tip.

On the one hand you have the Defense Department's official death notice:


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Ryan J. Hill, 20, of Keizer, Ore., died January 20 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee.
Hill was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
For further information on this soldier, contact the 1st Armored Division public affairs office at 011-49-611-705-4859.
But Ryan J. Hill was also a man, a desperate 20-year-old who recorded his thoughts, music and photos on a MySpace profile.

When you click on his MySpace page, still up as of this writing, The Game's "Let's Ride" plays over a purple page of fast cars and somber tributes to soldiers who fell before him.
My name is ryan. I grew up with just my mom at times i wasn't the best son but she did the a great job with me i love her to death. I went through school not knowing what i want to do with my life so i joined the army.
The Oregonian noted this passage, for its raw criticism of our government and those who support its continuation:

"It is walking on that thin line between sanity and insanity. That feeling of total abandonment by a government and a country you used to love because politics are fighting the war . . . and it's a losing battle . . . and we're the ones ultimately paying the price."

Honestly, I don't know what else to add. I get sick.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close