I have often thought of the trials and issues that Soldiers faces when he/she returns home from service. The trivializes of day to day life that they must adjust to is something that we don’t understand. Yet there are those that still oppose what our soldiers do and what they stand for. Do we not realize that they are protecting our freedoms, that they are preserving our way of life? They sacrifice family, love, the comforts of life and their very lives to protect what we all hold dear. Why do we not raise the Red, White and Blue every time they come off the plane? Why are there not throngs of people singing their praise? Have we become too callous to show appreciation for those that serve us? Why do we not serve those that have given everything to serve this Land of Liberty? The following has circulated on the internet and I use it because I believe that it is poignant and to the point.
When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…
To listen to his son whine about being bored.
To keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.
To be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.
To be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.
To be silent when people pray to God for a new car.
To control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.
To be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.
To keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.
To keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.
To control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.
To remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.
To be civil to people who complain about their jobs.
To just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.
To be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.
The only thing harder than being a soldier. . .is loving one.
Ronald Reagan said, ““If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
I believe that compassion and love need to be shown to those that serve this nation. They deserve our praise and support. If we are a God-fearing nation, or a Nation that believes in doing good towards our fellow men, then this should be and easy task. God Bless the Troops and God Bless America.