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It doesn’t matter whether you are a support of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, or the work being done in Afghanistan. Simply put people who lay their lives on the line in order to serve this country and put the nation above their personal lives are to be respected for their commitment unconditionally.
Families who go through the hardship of raising children alone or partially alone while a spouse or partner is overseas are to be respected for believing, supporting and getting through the tough times. Everyone is affected in a family when one person in that family serves.
My thoughts and best wishes go out to the over 5600 service members and their families who have lost their lives over the past years in Iraq and Afghanistan and also I take a moment to remember every soldier who has lost their life in support of promoting freedom, including World War 1 and World War 2.
My Great Grandmother who I only knew for the first five years of my life had told me a story once when I was in Kindergarten about how she lived in Poland during the WWI invasion and what it was like for German soldiers to storm the streets and buildings where she and her family lived. I barely remember the story but I remember the emotion she had on her face, when she recanted the story. My grandfather had served in the Korean war, and often told me stories about his service as well, he passed away last year from heart problems.
Hopefully children of solders lost can take comfort in knowing that their father or mother fought for a cause and for the nation, and I applaud organizations and families who provide mentoring, support and assistance for other families going through the same situations. Empathy and compassion are a powerful and effective method for coping with the difficulties of being military family.