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A very moving email – When a soldier comes home…

July 3, 2011

A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The

United States of America for an amount of up to and including their life.’

 I was asked to keep this going – and will gladly do so


This email is being circulated around the world – please keep it going 

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…. listen to his son whine about being bored.

….to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

        to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.

…to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep. be silent when people pray to God for a new car.

….to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower. be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.

….to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to

send their kids off to summer camp.

….to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.

….to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.

….to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.

… be civil to people who complain about their jobs.

… just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.

….to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house. 

The only thing harder than being a Soldier…  

Is loving one.

updated – 7/3/2011 5:03 pm EST – actually added the pictures (duh!) that make this a fantastic tribute

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    July 3, 2011 1:19 pm

    Excellent post – thank you very much for this.

  2. July 3, 2011 2:25 pm

    Beautiful. I copied it and e-mailed to friends who have sons serving our country. Thanks, Colin.

    • July 3, 2011 4:06 pm

      Hey guys, I screwed up when I posted this, no pics. =(

      I just finished updating it, so please give it another gander, much more impactful with the photos included.

  3. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    July 3, 2011 5:49 pm

    It was excellent before – now it is outstanding. Thanks.

  4. JustFacts permalink
    July 3, 2011 9:54 pm

    Thanks for posting this as a reminder to all of us what our troops have to contend with in their service to our country. And, I know you don’t expect it Fleece, but thank you for your service.

    • July 3, 2011 10:16 pm

      Thank you. It was my pleasure to serve. =)

  5. July 4, 2011 6:50 am

    I have seen this before and it really puts life into perspective, doesn’t it? Thanks for posting this.

    • July 4, 2011 8:10 am

      It definitely puts things into perspective.


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