Monday, July 12, 2010

Our troops

Your cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again..

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.

He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to do some thing by your parents. You don't.

He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

You stay at home and watch TV.

He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.

He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.

REMEMBER our Troops, and do not forget them LATER

Lest we forget -

(The following is added by BevQ)
Please pray for our troops every single day whether or not you agree with the war. No one, ok, NO ONE likes war!

If you are going to whine about how much is being spent on our troops while children in our country are going to bed hungry then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! Yes, I am talking to all of you!
Dig into your own pockets and donate money or food, maybe clothing, to your shelters, to your local places who help those who are struggling!

Hey! at least we have those places in this country. Thank your Heavenly Father every night that you live in a country where we have these freedoms and luxuries. And we didn't get them by listening to a bunch of complaining people who murmur but do nothing concrete to help!
We got those freedoms from brave men and women like these pictured, putting their lives on the line.
Thank God for all of our soldiers.

Hug the ones you love! And thank God for all of your blessings today and always.


SOiNTOiT said...

Thank you so much for this poignant and thoughtful post. I am 100% with you and appreciate your concise and direct comparisons. My son had duty on a nuclear ballistic missile submarine in the Navy for six years...what a sacrifice for a young mans life. I'm grateful everyday for our troops and the freedom we have in this country and the humanitarian stance we take as a country to help others who can't defend themselves.

bevq said...

Please thank your son for all of us!
And AMEN to what you said!

There were supposed to be photos but they didn't work, I will see if I can fix that later...

Patty Ann said...

Love it Bev, my nephew is currently in the Army in Afganistan. It is a hard thing they do, for themselves and their families. Whether we agree or disagree, we should respect their choice to serve their country.