Be grateful for what you have because in a blink of an eye it could all change. Your warriors deployed continuously experience third world countries culture and life cycle that would put most Americans in a hurt locker if they had to live that one for even a day. The catastrophic bitching that would commence if a neighbourhood didn’t have running water would be astronomical.  Going without some of the many luxuries we have today would grind most people mentally and physically to a halt. I’m not even talking about your precious iPhone, I’m talking about your oven and heating source.


In America

We are so use to having the luxuries of today’s technology that we often forget how good we have it. I’m not saying you have to live like a cave man but simply look at all the things we have that make life easy or in other words what we have become accustomed to using that we think are “necessities”. It would do a lot of good for our high school age Americans to actually have to live in Afghanistan or a third world country. I gurenfreakingtee you they would sure appreciate what they have available in America.  


Along with returning with the known fact that they have made a difference in the world, your servicemembers return also knowing how well we have it in the USA and appreciate every second of it. They see the cities without plumbing, they see the people plagued with disease, they see the dark evil of regimes forcing their will on innocent people and then stop it. Warriors deploying to the heart of Afghanistan or Iraq for the first time see the trials and tribulations of struggling countries and return different. Perhaps a bit more grown up because they had to stare death in the face, perhaps with the addition of the increased appreciation of America they return and seem different. They haven’t changed, they are just grateful for what they have.

 Time for a Cgar!


  1. Grateful that we have the troops we do! So grateful to live in the US! And grateful for the hard job that you and other Marines are tasked with! Thank you, Major!

  2. Gratitude. You are so right. Important action in a healthy mind. We are thankful for you, and our troops.

  3. Major,
    I daily visit your web-site but, have never commented. There was no need to. I just wanted to let you know that you motivate the hell out of me. Keep up the outstanding work Skipper. God I miss the Corps. I shall continue to press on and move out Sir. Semper Fi.
    Jeff Shelton

  4. Saw a post on facebook last night, someone was bitching because their power was off and nobody could offer an explanation. And a couple of counties away, we have folks that have lost their lives, homes, everything that they own on this planet, from the storms and tornadoes that came through on Saturday. Some people just don’t ever figure it out…

  5. I attended a party this weekend where we wrapped boxes of donated goods for Marines now deployed in Afghanistan. More of these events are planned.

  6. Twenty something years ago I went to Mexico for my honeymoon. I was in my early 20s.
    We toured inland. I had nooooo idea people on this continent (or anywhere outside of Africa) were so incredibly poor, that they still lived in thatch type huts….just like on Gilligan’s Island. Some families there had litte more than a woven ‘roof’ over their heads. Hotel maids picked food that was bad straight from the grocery, and scraps of food from dinner, out of our kitchen trash and took it home.
    Yeah, that made a huge impression, as I realized how blessed I was to be born in the USA. I may not have everything I want, even within reason, but I have everything I need. I remind my kids of that if/when they complain it’s 85 deg in the house cuz I still haven’t turned on the AC. (a little sweat and discomfort does a body good!)

  7. You guys nailed it! I wish 50% of our high school kids “got it” as well. Spread the word. Good guys always win. Keep attacking warriors and thank you all for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Maj Pain

  8. And thank you, Major, for taking the time you do to praise those young warriors out there and remind America of how valuable and vital they are to the survival of this nation now and for the future of our nation.
    “For those that will fight for it…FREEDOM …has a flavor the protected shall never know.” L/Cpl Edwin L. “Tim” Craft, B Co 3rd AT’s, Khe Sanh Combat Base, February, 1968

  9. “You got to love them and as I watch them in action I continue to wonder where we get such fine young warriors!” -Major Pain-
    I wonder the same thing everyday. They keep me motivated. I figure if they can do what they do what I have to do is no big thing.

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