My dad was a WWII Army Air Force pilot. Reading through his letters that he sent home while he was away at war made me gain an appreciation for not only him but also my mother. Military families of our soldiers suffer hardships and loneliness. They sacrifice their own needs and serve our country every bit as much as the active duty soldier. They need support and appreciation as well.
I’ve learned a lot about what soldiers see during war, from letters from my own family. History books tell us facts about what happened, letters show us a glimpse of reality. I found a journal from my youngest son, who served as a United States Marine and fought during the Iraqi Freedom War. In his journal, he wrote about the retrieval of his fellow men who were killed as they drove their truck through an IED. His heart spilled tears of sorrow. Civilians can’t possibly know the pain, the loneliness, and the bravery it takes to fight for this country, so join me this month (and every month) in honoring our US Military.
Men and Women who fight for our country deserve more than Thanks, they deserve more than what we can even give them. But if you know someone who serves or has served, do remember to thank them- and during the month of May, hey, maybe even treat them to lunch!