posted on May, 2 2012 @ 08:38 AM
As you can see from this thread, we're here. Being an Air Force brat, and with other family members who've served in our nations military branches
going back before we came to America (...and that's before there was a United States), the military has impacted my life substantially. All my great
grandfathers served, both my grandfathers, all my uncles, most of my cousins, all my sibs; and family going back even further.
How can I not support? I may have issues with the reasons, so to do the soldiers and sailors serving. None of them want to be in combat, or in areas
that may see combat, unless they're insane. They'd, in my experiance as a life long civilian, much rather be with their families...training for
what they fervently hope/pray never happens. But most unfortunately, it does happen, is happening, and will happen. They go off to war. ...and that
is a horrible thing.
They don't make the decisions. They, for the most part, honor their sworn word and go. They do their duties to the best of their abilities, and
some don't come back, some do come back but not whole.
I've seen the scars. Heard the nightmares. Held them when they're back somewhere that they'd give everything they own to never see again... How
can I not support? My father is a WWII veteran. A Korean war veteran. A Vietnam war veteran. One of an ever shrinking number. His nightmares, and
PTSD, are horrific when they hit. My youngest sister saw some sort of combat during a deployment to the Mediterranean back in the '80's. She
doesn't talk about it, but I've heard the nightmares. My little brother saw combat during two tours in Iraq... How can I not support?
All my Uncles saw combat either in WWII, Korea, or Vietnam. The marks are/were there, too. The sudden stalls in conversation when a friends face,
who is no longer there, flashes across the memories. How can I not support?
Friends of mine that I've known since forever have served, and seen combat in various places. Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia...and some
other places that I can't say, because they'd get in trouble. I've been fortunate in that they've all returned home. Maybe not entirely whole,
but alive. How can I not support?
As you can see, I've many a reason for supporting the men, and women in the uniforms of my nations military. Blood. Friendship. Even though, in
the main, I don't agree with the reasons, though at one point I did, for their being in the various places they are in, and doing some of the things
they're doing. They aren't the ones who put them there.
Save your anger/hatred for the one's who put them there, and are keeping them there. ...and just, bye the bye, save some of that anger for
yourselves. After all, who put those politicians we so despise in office? Those self same politicians who put our friends and families in harms way,
who voted them into office? Who can't be bothered to practice the oversight that citizenship demands? Then have the unmitigated gall to complain
That would be you. That would be me. US!!
OP? Stay safe, and may God see you home safely, and all the others so far from home, and hearth.