Thursday, August 18, 2005

Why I Write To The Troops

I am a member of the Sodier's Angels writing team. I get two new names each week and offer continued correspondence if they send me a brief indication that they appreciate mail. I include my email address. Today one medic wrote:
"You and your family have a great deal to be thankful for! Sometimes we go through life picking out the bad instead of the good. As an eye-witness to some of the world’s atrocities, let me say, you have so much to be thankful for! There are people that live in the Middle East that are suffering in ways you’ll never understand. You have your Freedom and you know when you’re going to have your next meal. Some of the people in this part of the world have neither, and I have seen this for my own eyes. I have a better understanding of what it means to be an American, and I think you do too!

As I depart my duty from Operation Iraqi Freedom, I want to say that I hope you continue to spread your love and appreciation to the next rotation of troops. They will be here during our American holidays and it will be more depressing than you can imagine. They will need the same sort of letters, cards, and care packages that I received in order to make it through their tour successfully. Remember, not all troops have families. Some do, but they may not have a great relationship with their family. I ask of you during the upcoming holidays, “Will you be someone’s family?”

1 comment:

  1. Darn medics.

    Even when they can't stab me with a needle, they find ways to make me tear up.