Returning Home From Iraqi Freedom

Soldiers Returning Home From Iraq get no respect. US forces still in fight at end of combat mission You know all that stuff you learn in the army about respect, esprit de corps, patriotism, duty, honor, country, well, I hope you have some loves ones to come home to?

You know all that stuff they say in the news about our soldiers fighting, putting their lives on the line for the “All-American people”, defending the country against terrorism and oh how we must stop it? How sad the Iraqis are to see American soldiers pulled out? The end of combat missions in Iraq. Today, in our local Walmart Store, I observed “two uniformed American Soldiers” and nobody gave a damn. Well, may be in their hearts of hearts.

Concern, Appreciation, Awareness, Respect, to any US Soldier, especially during combat duty, goes a long ways. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. You can send a lot of things and equipment, but if you do not show them, what good are they? It goes both ways?

Are we really that concerned, serious about our soldiers fighting our war on terrorism? What about “the up close war on terrorism at home”? How long will our appreciation last before we forget? Are we appreciative enough to openly express our appreciation every time and place we see or meet an American Soldier, any US soldier during war time? Would we even go out of our way to say, Heah, I appreciate you or shake their hand? Would you even stand in line, ask him or her for an autograph? You must know he is putting his life on the line for YOU. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), road side bombs; any and every method of terrorism that we civilians at home did not experience, American soldiers experienced it for us. Further, most recently there was an end to US combat missions in Iraq. If that ain't worth celebrating, what is?

We have a little under 50,000 US soldiers in Iraq and I do not know how many more supporting them, but what about the civilians at home? What about morale, welfare and support? We hold the President accountable, what about “self”? We support our local little league teams. Respect, do we really know it? Heck, do we even know what the Iraqi war is all about? Priorities, do we really have them in order? Do we really have our stuff together the way we think we do? Do we learn from mistakes? Talking about Iraqis holding on to their country, Can Americans pick the pieces and kick it to the next level or will Americans fall back into the same old ruts?

I wished I didn’t have to write this article. I would have enjoyed attending the celebration for The End of American Combat Missions in Iraq.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, they defend our right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

Other than mass media and politics, American civilians on the ground show very little concern, appreciation or respect for US Soldiers serving in and returning home from Iraqi Freedom.

Now, you have taken care of us, what will we do for you? You are a vet, welcome home and to the club. What about your tax?

Just may be now you will show more respect, and you will get more respect. Or will Ignorance prevail? Some will say, "It's too early and others, it's too late..." I guess this war will end just like any other. Iraqi Freedom, American Freedom?

Out with the old, in with the new?

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