posted on Jul, 25 2006 @ 08:39 PM
Hmmm this is a tough one. I am from a multigenerational military family. I have two brother -in-laws who are still in service, both have 18 years in
and both are battalion commanders. They are smart, brave, and moral. I look up to them and tell them so. But let me tell you who I respect the
most, my sister, my sister-in-law, my two little nephews and my two teenage nieces. These incredible people share there husbands and fathers with us,
they do without so their Dads may serve. When this "support our troops" discussion comes up, I usually say, don't worry about the troops, they
know why they're there. Support our troops families. How? By not spouting off in the grocery store about this being an illegal war when you see a
friend, how about not bringing up "all the senseless deaths" while you're waiting for a haircut. Keep your freaking mouth shut next time you feel
the need to yak about the foolishness of it all at the playground. You know why? Because in EVERY community there is a woman in that grocery store
who sent her husband to war to protect you, because one of the gals in the salon has a brother in Afghanistan, because there are children at your
local playground whose father has been away for months. You're opinion won't make a difference to those men, but it could really hurt one of their
loved ones. So zip it, that's how you can support out troops. These women and children do more by waking up and living life than some of you will
do all day by berating the war. And no, if you don't believe in this war speaking out about it on you daily trip to the grocery store will change
nothing, it will make you feel important and self rightous. Go ahead write congress, answer a poll. But show these heros a little respect.
While my brother-in-law was in Iraq, my sister was boarding a plane to come home from Germany with my two nieces. She was wearing her husband's unit
pin. A woman stopped her and said, "Is your husband in Iraq?", my sister answered that he was and the woman asked, "Has he killed any babies
yet?" I would gladly strangle that woman.
How do I support the troops? Ask someone you know in service to find a soldier who isn't getting mail and adopt them, my brother in law had been in
Iraq for 3 months and had soldiers who hadn't gotten any mail at all. We got their addresses and enlisted all of our friends who sent boxes every
two weeks. We sent sports equipment, toiletry items and pillows to our soldiers. We sent multiple cpoies of Sports Illustrated and Maxim! We sent
fresh socks and underwear. I teach my children to approach those men and women who identify themselves as vets, extend their hand, and say "thank
you for your service." We were recently staying at a hotel that had an incoming VFW convention. MY five year old son ran from vet to vet shaking
their hands and saying,"thanks." Some of these men were brought to tears by this little boy. You know it doesn't take much.