With the Christmas season coming up on us, my main focus has been the fact that I get to see my soldier soon. Woo Hoo! I can hardly sit still I am so excited! Anyway, I have been thinking that there are thousands and thousands of military out there who are going to have lonely Christmas' this year and my heart goes out to them. You never know, that may be my soldier in the future... actually it is more than likely to happen.
Ever since Ben told me that most of the soldiers he serves with, whether in Basic Training or AIT, hardly get any mail, it broke my heart. I mean, here are our men and women, putting their lives on the line to fight for ours, and they as individuals are hardly noticed. I thought that was horrible.
What shocks me even more, is how ignorant many Americans are about what our soldiers are doing and what they stand for. A month or so ago, I saw a comment by an Army girlfriend on that military spouse forum (the one I don't like) that just about knocked my socks off. She said that she hates it when people say that our soldiers are fighting for our freedom, because we are all ready free. (And now the kicker...) That in reality, they are just fighting because that's what they do. There is no reason.
I thought, what a moron. Sorry, hate to put people down, but there you are. So I want to pose a question to you: What do you think our soldiers are fighting for?
As for myself, I have a favorite scripture I think of when this question comes up. Now, I am not going to get religious on you, but this I wanna share. There is a story in the Book of Mormon about a young captain who is leading his people into battle. To get his people to follow him and remind them what they are fighting for, he tears off his coat and makes a banner or a flag that says: "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." You know, "Freedom isn't Free" and it's a constant battle to maintain those freedoms. It don't matter what color we are, or how we worship, whether we are married or single, have kids or not... I believe we all deserve to make these most precious choices in our lives, and live the way we want to. No one deserves to have others beliefs shoved down their throats, and we shouldn't have to live in fear because of who we are. That's what being an American is all about, and that is what I believe our men and woman in the Armed Forces are fighting for.
Now, if you are feeling very festive, and want to do a little charity this season, here are a few places you can donate to help the soldiers.
USO: Help us serve those who serve us!
Adopt A US Soldier
Soldier's Angels (Who has posted a great list of resources to help at Fort Hood)
There are also many other ways you can help. I know lots of churches post bulletins with their local soldiers on them with addresses, send them cards and care packages, they would LOVE it! When I send Ben a package, I make sure I include enough treats for at least 20 other soldiers... it seems like a lot, but Ben assures me that they are all gone within 10-15 minutes. He says that every day the soldiers ask if he got a package. Warms my heart.
PS -- If any of you have any other great ideas to support our troops, share and leave us some links if you want!