Your cell phone is in your pocket. He clutches the cross
hanging on his chain next to his dog tags. He knows he may not see
some of his buddies again.
You walk down the beach, staring at all
the pretty girls. He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents
and terrorists. He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight. He waits for
the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
You hug and kiss your partner, like you do everyday. He holds his letter close
and smells his love's perfume.
You roll your eyes as a baby cries. He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.
You criticize your government, and say that war
never solves anything. He sees the innocent tortured and killed by
their own people and remembers why he is fighting.
You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him. He hears the
gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
You see only what the media wants you to see. He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
You are asked to do some thing by your parents. You don't. He does
exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.
You stay at home and watch TV. He takes whatever time he is given to
call, write home, sleep, and eat.
You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable. He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.
Be very grateful for the life you have in a free country where you have the right to criticize everything without having to spill one drop of sweat, blood or tears BECAUSE OF ALL OF US WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR YOUR PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS.
Georges,F B170696 WO1 United States NAVY - Vietnam Campaign