grab your cell phone to call your friends. He clutches the
on his chain next to his dog tags. He knows
may not see some of his buddies again.
walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
call your lover and set a date for tonight.
waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
hug and kiss your girlfriend, wife, lover like you do every
holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.
roll your eyes as a baby cries. He gets a letter with pictures
his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.
criticize your government. He sees the innocent tortured
killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.
hear the jokes about the war and some criticize men like him.
hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
see only what the media wants you to see.
sees the broken bodies lying around him.
are asked to do something as simple as obey speed limits. You
follows orders and does exactly what he is told even if it
puts his life in danger.
stay at home and watch TV. He takes whatever time he is
call, write home, sleep, and eat.
crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get
tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night
those who serve now, with courage, integrity, and in conditions we
never imagine in your thoughts and prayers. It is for them we
the lives we have, and the freedom we enjoy.