Viral Post Pits Coverage of Sheen, Fallen Soldiers
This week on Facebook I noticed this showing up in people’s status (and posted it in mine as well):
“Charlie Sheen is all over the news because he’s a celebrity drug addict, while Andrew Wilfahrt 31, Brian Tabada 21, Rudolph Hizon 22, Chauncy Mays 25, are soldiers who gave their lives this week with no media mention. Please honor them by posting this as your status for a little while.”
CNN reports on what started with a Facebook status update. Upset at the media’s coverage of Charlie Sheen, someone took up for American soldiers dying in Afghanistan. The photo above is of our true heroes (from left: Army Spc. Rudolph Hizon, Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, Staff Sgt. Chauncy Mays, and Spc. Brian Tabada).
The father of Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, Jeff, said of the viral post, ““I think it’s spot on.” His 31-year-old son was killed while on foot patrol outside Kandahar on February 27, around the same day the Sheen media blitz kicked into high gear. “From the Charlie Sheens to Lindsay Lohans, who are these people and what good have they done in society?” Jeff Wilfahrt said. “What are we collectively doing as a society? How do you wake people up?
“Andrew told me one of the reasons he wanted to enlist was that he felt guilty as a civilian when so many men with wives and children were separated from their families,” one of his comrades posted on Facebook. “He joined the fight so that guys like me didn’t have to. He is my hero, my friend, and I miss him. Sleep well, buddy. You earned it.”
As every media outlet fought to report and disseminate coverage of Sheen’s every comment, the Wilfahrts and other families quietly buried their sons. May they rest in peace and God watch over them and their families. We thank all of you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
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