One story rocked me to the core. I am so proud and thankful for this soldier. I am so proud and thankful for his wife, too. She's a hero, herself. These stories are far more common than you think but we don't hear much. In my opinion, this is due in large part to the military member's and family's "we can do it on our own" belief. I know that belief. I have it. I feel the exact same way in our home. So, when something happens, it is very rare that the impacted family is going to go looking for help and hold their hands out. HIGHLY unlikely. They're strong. They're united. They can handle it..or so they think. The truth is that they need others to truly care to come alongside them and love them. Watch this...please:
The thing is this: you can't make someone be patriotic...I mean truly patriotic to their core. I don't know if it's upbringing, the immediate society that surrounds someone...I don't know. Back during Vietnam, soldiers were NOT welcomed home with open arms. Many were hateful to them. We don't see that, today...thankfully, but we really don't much of anything. We hear "economy, economy, economy" or why the Speaker of the House cries so much or how many jobs the government is going to create. (oh yea, the government can't create jobs...we the people do that) Why does something on such a large scale have to happen to get people to fly their flag and support those who stand as surrogates for them while they sleep safe and sound at home in the U.S. of A? WHY?!?!?
Instead of posting a tribute video (which I almost did) or a Toby Keith video (I'll save that for another fist-raising kind of day), I thought I'd share a video that my girls came running to watch when they heard it. It's a video about celebrating families, love, and bringing our brothers and sisters home. The truth about awareness sung loud as they watched it: a friend was over who was also standing there...had no idea what she was watching...not a clue. I didn't have to say a word, though...my girls were all over that! "Those are soldiers! They just came home from war!" Dangit, I love them!
At the end of Oprah's show, Michelle Obama came out and announced that in March, her and the Vice President's wife are teaming up in some kind of military family support initiative. Lots of the details can be found at http://www.serve.gov. I took a look and there's some pretty great info on there.
If you felt a cattle prod while reading this...good! We all can stand to do more, support more, and show that support to both our military and their families.