On this Memorial Day, #CMchat would like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to those who have bravely and selflessly served and protected our country. We live freely every day in America because each of you makes the sacrifice, and we express our deepest gratitude for everything you do.
The unfortunate reality is that, while we are all going through the daily motions, there are thousands and thousands of troops fighting for our rights. When those soldiers ultimately return home, they don’t leave their war-ridden past behind and, rather, are often faced with an internal war, otherwise known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”). In Joe Bachman’s tribute to our troops, “A Soldier’s Memoir,” Bachman honors the troops and recognizes the difficult path that lies ahead, even after a tour of duty has been completed. The song specifically contains one line that summarizes the lasting effects of deployment – “they taught me how to put that uniform on; I just can’t get it off.”
From hearing the yelling of a sergeant to feeling the weight of a backpack long after the sound and feeling has physically ended, as well as closing their eyes and harboring visions of carnage, the lyrics of Bachman’s song give fans a glimpse at the struggles that face our nation’s heroes. Moments that we all don’t think about twice and sounds that never faze us can create an overwhelming sense of discomfort in fear in those who have served. Bachman sings “that Saturday they honored us in a small parade downtown; when they shot off those fireworks, I nearly hit the ground. And while they smiled and cheered for us, all I could do was stare; ’cause part of me is here at home, but part of me’s back there.”
To further support the sentiment, the tribute video features two veterans who offer pieces of themselves and their stories. With teary and honest eyes, the soldiers share their experiences and provide messages of hope to those who are suffering from this traumatic disorder.
Bachman’s song sheds light on an epidemic that too often goes unnoticed, but is very much a part of today’s society. Bachman deserves a tip of the hat for raising awareness of this issue, as well as his remarkably emotional delivery of this tribute to those who suffer from PTSD. “A Soldier’s Memoir” is a must see/hear, especially on a day as symbolic as Memorial Day; the experience will enlighten and educate you.
Thank you to Joe Bachman for tackling this very real and very prevalent disorder that plagues our beloved troops, and, of course, a huge thank you to Marine Tyler Southern and U.S. Army David Crocket for sharing themselves with country music fans in this extremely important video. God Bless the U.S.A.