I'm sitting in my office in a dining facility in Kuwait thinking a couple of things
1) I'm blessed to be wearing a uniform with the United States Army on it's sleeve and
2) I'm blessed that there are so many AMAZING people back home who, regardless of whether or not they support the war, support the SOLDIER.
Let me ellaborate.
I joined the National Guard at the age of 26. For almost three years now I've seen time and time again the respect people have for the soldiers. I can't count on my hand the number of times I've been coming home from my drill weekend and someone has stopped me and shook my hand and thanked me. One time I was in a grocery store and an older woman came up to me and shook my hand and said god bless and thank you. But it hasn't stopped there.
Last week I received a care package from a family in Los Angeles who I've never met. They too thanked me for being a HERO. I'm sure I'm not one of those but still the thought that someone I don't even know sending me a phone card, and deodorant, and other goodies and thanking me is one of the BEST feelings in the WORLD. I mean this isn't the easiest jobs in the world but when you see things like that it makes it all worthwhile.
Then you consider CORPORATE support of the troops. My friends at Cincinnati based company Alpine Valley Water just sent me and the soldiers I've deployed with a single cup coffee brewing machine and dozens of kinds of coffee to go with it. Bosch Power tools heard about our vigorous training in 100+ degreee heat and they sent our unit 3 Bosch Powerboxes (really sweet sound systems). My family and friends have also answered the call throwing going away parties, sending cards, e-mails and lately some great care packages. And they are all thanking me and telling me they are proud of our Soldiers.
WELL I'm the one who's proud. Proud to live in a country where even if we don't agree with something we still take care of each other. Proud of companies that offer discounts to soldiers, proud od people who send care packages, and letters and phone cards and proud to be an American.