While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on May 21, 2009.
Longtime readers may recall my quoting the blog of Dena Yllescas several months ago. Her husband, Capt. Rob Yllescas, was killed late last year in Afghanistan. I happened to check back on her blog yesterday. She had been visiting her husband's grave:
As I was sitting there next to him, I couldn't help but think: 'This is so messed up that I'm visiting my husband in a cemetery.'"
If I could I would make everyone in Washington read her blog.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.