A Moment

I may or may not be for the war. I may or may not agree with our president. I may or may not vote. I may or may not be conservative or liberal or democrat or republican. I may or may not be political.

I support our troops. Those men and women risk their lives so I can choose to do any or all of the above. Thank you to all of them and their families. God bless you. (Hi Chris. We miss you!!!)

You stay up for 16 hours.
He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you.
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.

You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn’t get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.

You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
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 go to the store 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.

Ok off my soap box now. Just wanted you all to take a moment and think about those boys and girls, and their families. God bless America.

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3 Comments

  1. thank you….from a wife of a deployed soldier. It is nice to know whether one agrees we should be there or not, that the soldiers are still held in a place of honor.

  2. Dew

    One of the ones I found most important was that we only see what the media wants us to see (though some of us search out more reliable sources than the mainstream media) and he sees the dead bodies in the street.

    Though I can’t by any means say I support what these soldiers are doing over there, I certainly believe that they are the segment of American citizens suffering most for this atrocity. And I certainly don’t blame them for the mistakes of politicians. I know that so many of them were recruited straight out of high school, and felt they had very little other option besides remaining in poverty. I consider them exploited beyond belief, and when they return, I’ll be cheering like hell that they’re home safe, while mourning those who don’t return.

    The only thing really I disagree with here is that they are in no way fighting for our right to wear whatever tshirts we want.

  3. I’m not for the war, but I support our troops to no end. It doesn’t matter WHAT they are fighting for, whatever it is they are doing it for us, whether we complain or not.

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