I have several loved ones who serve/served in the U.S. Armed Forces. One was in a medical helicopter, that was shot down over the Euphrates, he was found barely alive on the bank of the river. My grandfather served in Korea. My nephew is currently in Iraq, his third trip. Two uncles who served in Vietnam. One cousin in Vietnam now dead from health issues related to Agent Orange.
My family and I are of the dig your heels in and do what has to be done folks. We take care of our own.
As we have walked the path of life, we have never asked for more than what we earned. Sometimes that means holding our governments feet to the fire.
Attached is a very interesting item I read today on USA Todays website. I cannot overstate how hard it can be to get the services our soldiers earned. How difficult it is for a Wounded Warrior to seek help for the mental damage done. The things they are asked to do, things they see, that they hear and the guilt they feel when following orders that harm innocent civilians causes scars that we will never understand.
During your day, if you have even an extra 30 seconds, remember our warriors, say a little prayer, do a good deed, smile at a stranger, do these things that are so easy as a way to pay it back. We who have not served will never fully understand the sacrifice they make on our behalf.