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Dec. 6th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
That was beautiful and well said.

As someone from a military family, thanks for posting.
Dec. 6th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
You're welcome. There's not one single group of people that we owe our freedoms to more than those who have put on the uniform and served their country, and they deserve way more thanks, respect and reward than they ever get.
Dec. 6th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
they deserve more thanks, respect and reward than they ever get.

I emphatically agree. I would also say that you firefighters, law enforcement and teachers should share a bit of that same 'thank you.':-)
Dec. 6th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree we should get some credit -- but we don't get separated from our families and sent over to other countries for months at a time ... besides, I've only been shot at once or twice! :-)
Dec. 7th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
That is very true and it can be very lonely. My son's best friend(We've been close to the family for many years) will be home on leave for Christmas. We're extremely excited. Most of my family is or has been in the military,everything from infantry to Pentagon. My son has two more semesters of college to complete and then will probably enlist.

Edited at 2007-12-07 12:44 pm (UTC)
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
full measure of devotion
That's the kind of family that should be revered by anyone who loves the freedoms we take for granted. I have a friend from high school who's son is in the special forces, and who's going over after Christmas for his third tour. What kills her is that, because of his duty, she can know absolutely nothing about even what country he's in, let alone what he's doing there.
Dec. 8th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: full measure of devotion
Yeah, special forces is the toughest on the family for sure, and some of it's no piece of cake for the soldier, either. My nephew a couple years ago went through special covert ops/ anti terrorism training when he moved up in the Rangers. His wife had to stay with her mom and bring the baby and the family pet so he wouldn't worry that the things happening around him were real when they weren't. The "terrorists" during his stint would pretend they'd done everything from hurting her to destroying the family dog, trying to toughen him up psychologically. It was brutal but necessary.

My son's friend(they've been best friends for 10 years) who will be home for Christmas just finished his intelligence training. He'll be going to the green zone in January. We're all teasing him about not screwing up the "big board." :-)

P.S. cute icon. Did you make it?

Dec. 9th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Re: full measure of devotion
After having seen what Navy Seals go through, I wouldn't mess with anyone in any of our special forces! On a related note, I'm told special forces people are taught about the infamous waterboarding and (voluntarily) put through it themselves to familiarize them with what that's all about. Most of us can't begin to imagine what it takes to do the job.

The icon is a product of the lovely and amazing strangexgirl!
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)

thank you.
Dec. 7th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
*smiles and hugs you*
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Thank you... you really made me want to go jump on my best friends in the military and bear hug them.

TOo bad they're over "there" right now. =(
Dec. 7th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Absolutely, I wish they were all here and out of harm's way. I wish the job wasn't necessary at all! But they're doing a good and important task, and there are a lot of people over there who fully appreciate what's being done on their behalf -- despite what the media would have us believe. If there has to be a military, at least they're freeing people and chasing down terrorists.
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
I support them fully. And I hope that the ones that know I know they are there know I support them, lol.

It's the war I don't support, necessary or not. =(
Dec. 8th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
Well, we'll just have to differ on that one. I'm glad Saddam and his people aren't still raping, torturing and killing their own people and threatening their neighbors, and I don't want someone else taking over and starting the whole cycle all over again. I want the new government and military up and on its feet, defending their own people -- so we can get the hell out of there. It took decades for us to get Germany and Japan back on their feet, but now they're some of our closest allies after once being some of our greatest threats.

Of course, there are some very good arguments against us going in there to begin with, so I'm not disregarding your views; it's just that it's too late to change that now, so I don't believe we should leave without completing the job.
Dec. 8th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
that's where my "necessary" is, lol....

Now that we're there, we have to stick it out til the job is done.

But yes, yes, all the men and women (and children of) overseas... there's not a day that for one reason or another I don't shed a tear for them oddly enough.
Dec. 9th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
I shed a tear *and* send prayers their way. Those are our brightest and best over there, and we'd all sure like to have them back here ...
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