Your servicemembers have an already forgotten Thanksgiving holiday in their past, at those who didn’t get sick from the chow. They are the kid from down the street who use to mow your grass is now awaking in the cold Iraq morning. He probably was sound asleep but why wouldn’t he although distant IEDs went off and perhaps a mortar attack or two.
He is getting some physical training in because he is a Marine and although in combat, he doesn’t want to get out of shape. Later probably before afternoon chow he will gear up for a security convoy around the base or to an already prescribed area in a not so friendly part of town. He may experience the unhappy feeling of being attacked with high explosive IED or worse small arms ambushes. Then the hard part will be when he has to get out of his hummer to do a foot patrol or assist some of the locals in their own house, a foreign house that could be very well watched by insurgents or snipers.
He isn’t doing it for the money and to some it may come as a surprise that he isn’t in Iraq because of his intelligence level. If you remember it’s a volunteer force and he wants to be there to continue to make a difference. A difference is what he is making especially to those who before he came had nothing and lived hell every day.
He will make his way back to the base, strip off his armor and tend to his weapons and look forward to some hot chow. He will try to write a letter but more than likely fall asleep watching a DVD and then get up and do it all over, continuing to make a difference. So what have you got planned for tomorrow? Make a difference & support your troops!!
Time for a C-Gar!