June 26, 2005
A Soldier's Commentary on Troop Support
For the past two years, I've received hundreds of e-mails from ordinary citizens, some parents of troops, some with no family members in service, but most of whom are solidly in support of those sons and daughters who protect and serve. Thank God for our troops, but I'm also profoundly thankful for those who support our troops. And I still get choked up when someone notices my Marine Corps Mom t-shirt or my lapel pin proclaiming my pride in my son and asks me to pass along their thanks. Yesterday, I called Southwest Airlines to secure military pricing on my son's flight home for the 4th of July holiday. The Southwest representative on the other end of the phone line helped me with the flight details, then said, "When he gets off the plane, please tell him that my son and I in Oklahoma City are so thankful for his service. Please tell him that." And I'll be happy to pass that message along. It will be nice to see him. It will be even nicer to remind him that folks all over America are in support of him and the rest of the forces that put their lives on the line for us.
A U.S. Army Captain recently back from the sandbox wrote this editorial on his view of the support provided to our troops by America. His words mirror the sentiments I've heard from other returning troops who are amazed at the level of support they've received. It's well worth reading - and remembering, the next time you see a young man or woman in uniform. A quiet "thank you" will make their day. And yours.
Here are the words of Capt. Steve Alvarez:
When I came home from Iraq a couple of months ago, I kept the promise I made while I was still there: I wouldn't watch the news, and I'd step away from the war, ignoring the events that had consumed my life 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was time to catch up with my family and make them the focus of my life 24/7.
Capt. Alvarez, thank you for serving. May you hear that over and over again.
Posted by Deb at June 26, 2005 02:08 AM
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This in the news today:
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Posted by: Mattson at June 26, 2005 05:28 AM
Yes! Thank you Capt. Alvarez. It is good to read something positive. God Bless our troops.
Posted by: A military mom at June 28, 2005 03:22 PM
Our weekly prayer group in Visalia, California gathers each week to lift our troops up. God has been so good, bringing several of our family members home, safe, from Iraq. My own son is not in Iraq yet, but will be heading over early in '06. I enjoy this website and hope that everyone will spread the word to keep our guys and gals lifted up in prayer.
Proud U.S.M.C. mom
Posted by: Diana Mattoon at June 28, 2005 07:03 PM
I read this site due to some friends being in both Iraq and Afghanistan(sorry if spelling is wrong). I try to see other poionts of view and get a better idea of what is going on because I think we all know that our media only covers the daily car bombs and Fox spews right wing propaganda better than anyone ie karl Rove's buddies.
Anyway, though this is a great story and you should be proud of the progress being made in Iraq and you should be supported and helped as much as possible I don't believe that it's all going just grand in Iraq and my friends in combat have a more broad view of the situation from what they have told me. I also have been reading a blog by a young girl from Iraq. She tells the story from a civilians point of view and does not show a great picture of what it is like to live in a war zone. I think she is fair and honest. I am putting the link in for your information. I think her assesment of such things as available water and electricity as well as "The Green Zone" are very enlightening.
Thank you, Bill
Posted by: Bill Shea at June 29, 2005 08:09 AM
"I think she is fair and honest. - Bill"
ROTFLMAO! I spewed coffee all over my monitor when I read that Bill! Aw geez, I can't keep the tears from falling on my keyboard!
Sheesh man, try doing a little research on little Miss Riverbend and get back to us! Aw man! Now THAT took me by surprise but I guess it just goes to show the gullibilty level some of us have huh? ;-)
At least she'll have a great career with Al Jezeera when Iraq is up and running on it's own!
Try reading Healing Iraq or at least a few of the two dozen other Iraqi Blogs for REAL intel on what's happening on the ground. Of course this is only predicated on if you truly are interested in the truth! Just WOW! :-o
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