Monday, September 1, 2008

We're not bullet proof....

Hello to all of those that continue to keep showing their support for my brother and I. THANK YOU! We greatly appreciate it!

First, please say a special prayer for the Soldiers over here. There are lives changing every day in ways you would never ways I don't know. But either way, lives are changing, Soldiers are going through things they shouldn't have to, seeing things we shouldn't have to, and we/they need your prayers. I wish I could say more but I'm at that line where I can't. Just please say a quiet prayer for those that are hurting both physically and mentally this 1st day of September.

I'm going to get straight to this one because it's kinda late and I'm a little tired...and it's getting late.

We're not bullet proof. You know....we Americans have this mindset that we're bullet proof. We can take anything that's trown at us. We can withstand any of life's challenges no mater physical or mental....We're Americans! Greatest country in the world! Well....from my standpoint...we're not bullet proof. We're not bullet proof at all...unfortunately. Things hurt. Bad sometimes....really bad. But who am I? What do I know? You already know this right...? Some days I wonder how much people actually think or care about what is going on over here. I know some people REALLY care....but for the other 290 million people in the United States....I'm just not sure. Maybe people care, but they don't show it....maybe just maybe they don't understand what's going on over here. All they know is that President Bush got us into a fight with some bad guys that turned out not to be so least that's what they've heard. People don't understand the pain, suffering, and sacrafice that others make so they can sit on the couch eating cheetos, burritos, and doritos while drinking a diet coke watchin Dr. Phil solve our problems. They just don't get it.

This just isn't coming out like I wanted it to. Part because I can't express myself the way I want due to limitations set on what I can write on here and part because I just can't focus. John posted "What do I miss?"...well, I miss a lot of things too...I miss the feeling of importance from the American people. Now, maybe I'm not seeing all the support and understanding...but I did account for 20 million that care...I think that's a fair number. I see all the election coverage on TV and it seems like the American people just want this whole thing to be over. And that's the limit of support they offer. They just don't understand it's not that easy. They see this as a political thing, a budget thing, an oil thing, or a money thing....well, I kinda see it a little different. I see it as men and women serving their country. I see it as men and women defending freedom. I see it, I see the men and women hurting and dying for their country. I see it as men and women doing something the other 299 million people in the United States won't do; wear a uniform and protect freedom.

Today wasn't a good day. Today wasn't a very bad day...but it wasn't a good day either. We're not bullet proof. Physically or mentally. Today was a perfect example of how we're not bullet proof. You know, seeing what I've seen over here and doing what I've just blows my mind to think about Vietnam and WWII. We've lost a little over 4,100 Soldiers I think. 5 YEARS! That's it! Vietnam and WWII they lost that many men every day! Every day! I can't imagine the carnage and gruesome things that were witnessed in those wars....I can't even imagine..... I've seen just about every kind of injury you can imagine.... Physical pain and mental anguish...I've seen it, and it sucks. I was going to list a few, but I'll let you imagine... yep, I've seen that too.

I'm done rambling. I feel like I've wasted the 45 minutes it took to write this but hopefully someone will enjoy it....hopefully.

I love you all and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Appreciating the life we have....
Somewhere in Iraq




RangersGirl said...

Hang in there. Prayers are with you guys. And yes, I agree, no one is bullet proof. Man, it would be nice though wouldn't it? Maybe not because I think that if we didn't feel (physically, emotionally, mentally) we wouldn't really be living we'd be numb.

But anyway - - every day is a present! God Bless.

Diomedon said...

I think you have more support than you think. Granted, my social and work networks are DoD/military oriented. Nevertheless...

To make a long story short, I agree with everything you said about the differences in views on the war (i.e. fighting and dying for a cause versus budget concerns and Dr. Phil). However, don't sell your support short--regardless of elections, red states or blue states. My parents learned their lesson from their behavior during Vietnam.

Example: the last time I flew into DC, the flight attendants announced that two guys on the plane were returning from Iraq. The whole plane clapped and thanked them; no less than 5 people offered to buy the soldier behind me dinner. One lady turned around and said she prayed for everyone deployed every night.

After you get past political rhetoric and heated debate, there is nor shortage of support for you guys (except, perhaps, from the fringes of society and the political spectrum).

Hang in there, get the job done and get home safe. I deploy to Afghanistan next year--hoping that I can do the same.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 09/02/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

My Life said...

wow that took you 45 mins? you're fast