The men and women in our military are first and foremost Americans! They are also our neighbors and friends that we come into contact with on a daily basis. We might work with them, or play cards with them, meet them at civic functions, or at the park as we enjoy our a sunny spring day. They are are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and mothers and fathers. Now is the time to support them no matter what your beliefs are. These are the times that Americans have always shown compassion and committment to each other. The families of these soldiers also give up many things during these times, and deserve our support. Let's show them that we care!
LETTER FROM A WAITING SOLDIER IN KUWAIT
The following letter is an excerpt from a e-mail message that was sent to
a Vietnam Veteran Dog Handler, who has Adopted a deployed Dog Team, thru a support program.
He is called the "Old Pup",and the deployed handler is the "Young Pup".
I received it through a mutal friend. It is reprinted by permission from Richard Deggans.
####### emailed to me by my "pup" #######
A California mother whose son is right now in Kuwait, wrote her son asking how he would feel if she joined
other relatives of service members in an anti-war demonstration in Hollywood last month. After reading her
son's response, she elected not to participate.
It's really your decision to march if you want to or not. You are the one who has to decide if what we are
doing out here is right or not. My opinion is not yours. I do, however, have things I would like for you
and Grandma and everyone else at home to know.
I am a United States soldier. I was sworn to defend my country against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
People may not agree with the things we are ordered to do. I would like to address those people by telling
them that terrorism is not only a threat to us as Americans, but to many other innocent people in the world.
What type of country would we be if we didn't defend the rights and freedoms of others, not because they're
Americans, but how about just because they're human? We live in a country where people feel secure with their
daily lives. They do business like usual and don't worry about the thought of terrorism actually happening to
them. The people of 9-11 thought the same thing. We now know that it can happen to anyone at any time.
Yet as Americans we're afraid of losing our soldiers to defend our security.
I can only speak for myself when I say that my life is an easy expense to ensure that my family and friends
can live in peace. I strongly believe in what we are doing and wish you were here to see for yourselves the
honor and privilege that American soldiers aboard this ship are feeling, knowing that we are going to be a
part of something so strong and so meaningful to the safety of our loved ones. Then you would know what this
potential war is about.
We will stand tall in front of terrorism and defeat it. We as soldiers are not afraid of what may happen. We are only afraid of Americans not being able to understand why we are here. I ask for your courage as Americans to be strong for us; I ask for your understanding in what we believe is right. I ask for your support in what we are sworn to do: defend our country and the life of all. We will succeed in our task and will end the threat of terrorism in our back yard. We will also end the threat of terrorism in our neighbors'. We have to remind ourselves of what this country stands for: life, liberty and justice for all. In order to maintain those rights we have to stop the threat of terrorism.
I am proud to be here. I will be coming home, but not until I know that it's going to be safe for all Americans
and for everyone I love. My family is first. My country is where they live. I will defend it.
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Below are some web sites that will allow you to write a message on a web site, or say thank you to a soldier. Also donate items to our soldiers or join a forum, or Adopt a Platoon...
|Defend America Messages||Send your thanks to the U.S.Military|
|AdoptaPlatoon||Support a soldier or a whole platoon, with letters and care packages.|
|Military Moms||Home of the pround Military Moms. A place to come for encouragement.|
|USO Cares||Operation USO Care Package|
|MarineMoms||Welcome to MarineMoms.A Place to Connect & Share.|
|Operation Enduring Freedom||We Care GI program,so you can send ready made packages for less.|
IT IS THE SOLDIER...
"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
"God and the Soldier, we adore,
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,
no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the Veterans
of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country."
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Last Updated on 07/29/2009