If you haven't heard the name SPC. Jason Dean Hunt yet then, you need to.
Some of you from Facebook have already seen me posting about this story but I really wanted to share this with everyone. SPC. Hunt, or "JD" as his family calls him, was bound for Iraq until he was fatally shot at Fort Hood on 11-05-09. Above is a picture of what his grave looked like as of last week.
Does something look wrong with that picture?
People have burried pets with more dignity than JD was given.
I've gotten to know his sister Leila through blogging and Facebook. If you haven't followed her blog yet, you need to. She's opened up right from the start and shared her very private grief over losing her baby brother. I have learned so much from her. She's really taught me to look past what I know of my own relationships and see that when a soldier falls, others besides just the wife are left in pain. Before reading Leila's blog (I hate to even admit this so please don't throw rotten trash at me) but anytime I'd hear about someone paying that ultimate sacrifice my FIRST thought would be, "Oh no! Did he have a wife and children? No. That's good. One less devastated widow." I didn't really pause to think much about the sisters, or fathers, or second cousins who are grieving quietly behind the scenes.
Anyways, back to JD's story.
Talking to Leila on Facebook I learned something that made my blood boil. The reason JD's grave was unmarked was unfortunately because of his "wife." This woman was married to him for two months before the shooting. I won't even tell you about her antics since then or what she's spent his money on, but rest assured she is NOT allowed in my sisterhood of military wives. No soldier, no hero should ever be treated the way she's treated JD. Its inhumane, even after his death. For 8 whole months Leila and her family tried quietly and diplomatically to resolve this issue so that JD could be honored.
Last week they went public with this. Names were given. Word spread through Facebook. Countless people changed their profile pictures to the one above to spread awareness for the Hunt Family. TV interviews were made. Things happened very quickly. The "wife" finally conceded only to order a headstone with "her picture on it" for JD. Ugh. I dislike her more and more.
The shining glory though all this can be seen in the actions of the Oklahoma Patriot Guard Riders. Some of them heard what was going on and decided to take turns standing watch over JD's grave until it is marked with a proper headstone.
This picture was taken on July 10th. Just 3 days after the top picture was taken:
Once I got Leila's okay to share this I just had to post about it.
You can see a full photo album here.
I hope JD's "wife" sees this.
She refused to show him the respect he deserved but--
YOU CANNOT KEEP A HERO DOWN.
WE WILL NOT FORGET A NAME, OR A SACRIFICE.
HE WILL BE HONORED.
This is what I love so much about my military family.
Whether its here on earth, or even from heaven,
we can overcome anything.
Now, if that doesn't make you proud to be part of this community,
I don't know what will.