I couldn’t agree more. If you think you can live in this great country and coast along under the blanket our armed forces provides and not give them the time of day you are what I call a blood sucker aka parasite. You have to support the warrior that goes to the shitiest places and puts the fear into the enemy. He/she are doing it for you. They are doing it out of respect for this great country. It must be nice to be in lala land and just pretend OEF & OIF don’t exist because someone else’s kid is doing the fighting and go about your day thinking oh poo I have to go to work on Monday & that’s your biggest bitch & moan. Wrong. There is more to life besides the mug in your mirror. In fact there is a great deal going on our country where too many are worried about me or I. How about them or the country?
“The American public is largely unaware of the price its military pays to fight the United States' distant conflicts. Less than 1 percent of the population serves in uniform at a time when the country is engaged in one of the longest periods of sustained combat in its history.”
Less than one percent! Scary and I know I am preaching to the choir here but this is where we begin to multiply. YOU can help jar some of those with their heads in the clouds a little and wake them up. If “we” don’t remind them of how great this country is and how it got there and has stayed that way, soon those “the unknowing” will be in positions one day to make decisions that will eliminate those branches or warriors that help keep us strong.
“President Obama devoted only six sentences to the war in Afghanistan in his State of the Union address in January. The 25-second standing ovation that lawmakers lavished on the troops lasted almost as long as the president's war remarks.”
You can make a difference!
But Maj Pain what do I do? Well if you are outside the .01% that “get it” and keep you warriors in mind you can begin by hanging an American flag outside your house that I’m sure isn’t there. Second you can get involved in numerous charities that support the warriors overseas like (www.anysoldier.com) where you can simply send a letter telling the warriors that you are behind them.
What if everyone that read this post simple emailed it (whoa that might take 20 seconds to do) to someone you know that has little idea what their warriors are doing for them. Someone that doesn’t actively “talk” about the deployed troops or the WAR we are in or doesn’t have a loved one in the fight? How about a teacher opening the eyes to their students about the deployed? Would you be making a difference then?
Perhaps those that you emailed it to for just 30 seconds in their would think “hmmm you know we are pretty lucky to be speaking english right now in our country as the MAIN LANGUAGE because someone went a fought for it.” Perhaps they would stop texting on their high-speed phone and perhaps think about warriors like this and what guys like this did for our country. It’s sad when other countries like oh let’s see the Japanese in Okinawa are more appreciative to our troops for what they did in WWII than some teenagers in America who have no clue. Well, here is your chance to open their eyes to it.
"I worry that we could wake up one day and that the American people will no longer know us, and we won't know them" Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in January.
Folks, I think the day the Adm speaks of is already here. I would love to be proved wrong a million times over but I don’t think it will happen. It starts with one person, then by spread of mouth, email blog posts whatever, it spreads so that it’s a millimetre in front of many people’s faces and they can’t ignore it, they can’t pretend it doesn’t happen they see it and they have to realize, “Their struggle is your struggle.” Pass it on!
One Team, One Fight