Monday, August 9, 2010

Our Troops

This was posted at AdoptaPlatoon.
I found it worth posting again.
The first soldier I 'officially' adopted was from this organization.  He was a medic then, in the Korengal Valley with the 503rd.  I hope he came back... but I never did hear from him again.  He sent me a picture of his new baby girl when he got to come home on leave.
24 Jun
Our Troops 
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags. 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 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 do some thing 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.

REMEMBER our Troops, and do not forget them LATER


Coffeypot said...

OOH RAH, hon. You know I'm jiggy with the troops. As my dogtags say on my blog, My Heroes Wear Dog Tags. Great post and reminder. (Hand Salute)

KrippledWarrior said...

Thank you for doing all you do. It makes a big difference. It really does. Even now.