There have been many times over the past three years I have truly wondered if when that General handed me the folded flag from my son’s coffin and said “On Behalf of a grateful nation” if this nation is truly grateful. I wonder if the average American understands the sacrifices our troops make daily while deployed. If they understand the dangers they face every moment of every day. Do people understand the hardships our military families face? I wonder if our political leaders have even the first inkling of these things… then I see things like this video and I know this not a Grateful Nation.. oh yes some are grateful but not many. We are truly a military at war and a nation at the mall.
So here are my words for this man..
Going to Illinois and being AWOL ( Absent Without Leave) and staying in hotels and eating at restaurants in NOTHING like being deployed to Afghanistan. And here is why. In Illinois you had a comfortable bed and room service. You could go to any store at any time and buy anything you wanted. You can eat what you want when you want. You don’t have to worry about IEDs or suicide bombers. You could call your family or chat online with them anytime you missed them for as long as you want. And when you wanted to go home.. all you had to do was pack your bag and go.
In Afghanistan our troops are lucky if they get a cold shower once a week. They eat MREs for 3 meals a day. They get very limited time on the computer and even more limited time to make calls. And those calls and computer conversations are precious moments because the next moment may be that soldier or Marines’ last. They can’t go home when they miss their family. They are there for 6 to 18 months. When they run out of toothpaste, soap, toilet paper or a snack they are craving they have to depend on someone back home to care enough to send them more because there is no stores in the field.
None of those who ran away from the jobs they were elected for came home wounded or dead.. their families never had to fear that someone would knock on the door and say those ugly words “ We regret to inform you” . The worst they faced were protesters and possibly a late paycheck. Mister you dishonor our troops and the job this “grateful” nation has asked them to do and they willingly and voluntarily do. Politicians do not write a check to this nation up to and including their lives.. our troops do!
AND OUR TROOPS DO NOT RUNAWAY FROM A FIGHT LIKE YOU DID MR. CHEATHAM