As in every case of MIAs from this war, we Americans have found ourselves torn between the natural hope that our missing service members are alive... and the brutal truth that it most likely would be better for them were they not.
All that is left now is to hope they died a year ago and quickly, and to remember them as they were.
But in this topsy-turvy reality, there are still those who shine in their selflessness and dignity--we know the answer to the question of where we get our military these days...
"It's a very sad relief," [the father] said. "But I know I have to go forward, not just for our family, but for the other men and women who are still doing their job over there."
Waring said his [military support] group had a banner for the missing soldiers: "Together they serve our nation and together they will come home."
"They did come home together, just not the way we wanted," Waring said.