Help our soldiers by helping their families

Tue, 12/09/2008 - 4:21pm
By: Letters to the ...

I am a soldier serving in Iraq. I am proud to be here and hope that I represent American values well and do my part towards building a better world.

I’ve received many thanks for my service. I am grateful for the sentiment. It helps fortify me during the time I’m away from my wife.

During the upcoming Christmas season, I know there will be thoughts and prayers for our spirit and safety over here, and many people ask what they can do for soldiers. I have a request and suggestion.

If you know a soldier’s family whose spouse is away during Christmas, just check up with them and ask them how they’re doing.

They don’t always need things, but they always could use the service of a friendly ear and sympathetic heart.

They have taken the task of two people on for the time their spouse is gone. They face the challenges of keeping things together at home while their spouse is focused on their mission. This does wear on them.

So while we get much appreciated cards and letters, a spouse may only get the emails, letters or phone calls from their loved one.

Whenever you ask a spouse how their loved one is doing over there, ask how the spouse is doing. Even a card or note can help them as much as it helps soldiers.

They serve not in uniform but they serve as much as those in uniform. While the military has family support groups, there are times when families just aren’t in easy reach. Neighbors and friends can always be in reach.

Thanks for your support.

If you print this, please withhold my name. Responses to me aren’t what this letter is about.

Name withheld by request

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