As for me, I am having the time of my life! Sure, the job can be stressful, but I can't think of anything else that I could be doing that would bring more satisfaction to my life. I am making a difference. People are surviving because of what we are doing here. There is a degree of danger, but, in a weird sort of way, that adds to the excitement. It sure beats the daily grind of a M-F, 9-5 job!
But that is not why I'm writing this blog entry. I want the reader to be aware of the sacrifice of those we left behind in the States. Think of the parents who have had to learn to care for the kids alone. There are housewives learning to pay bills, cut the lawn, fix computers and combat loneliness. In my case, my employer is having to make do with one less employee, and is required to give me my job back when I return. This means paying overtime, and occasionally hiring temporary help.
Those of us in the 'Stan volunteered to be soldiers, and knew the risks we were taking. The ones we left behind are truly sacrificing, for they are doing it involuntarily. The next time you see my wife, or the family member of another deployed soldier, don't start off the conversation talking about the sacrifice of the service member. Ask the one left behind how he/she is doing, and offer to help. Take over a meal, serve a cup of coffee, cut the lawn, or repair the leaky faucet. Knowing that others are calling on my wife takes a great burden from me, and allows me to be a more effective soldier.
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