Sunday, March 29, 2015
Our sons and daughters have been changed by war. Their most heroic actions took place on a foreign soil that we as Americans will never fully understand the experiences they endured. And every experience is different for that warrior and their family.
Just one direct fire fight changes their lives forever. In just a few minutes they witness the necessity of their training, following orders, absolute protection for those around them and a fierce intensity in their attack or response. They also experience, fear, loss, the punishing elements, the fatigue, the sights, sounds and smells that live on in a warrior's memories,
At home the families have dealt with the anxiety of waiting for a satellite phone call just to hear their voice, the loneliness, isolation and frustration of not having them near, the fear of getting a knock on their door and life is on hold until they are home. Once home a new chapter begins for them all.
Being in harms way is real. It takes a courage few have. That is why we call them heroes and that ripples through the warriors family from wives, fiances, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, cousins, and close friends.
There is so much more to their stories. I will be talking more about what we can do to help our Veterans and those who love them return home, safe and full of hope for what lies ahead.