Thursday, December 31, 2015

Adopt a Soldier

It's the end of the year and I find myself wondering what contributions I want to make for the New Year. Several years ago I received a shocking letter from a man in the military.  He talked "being blown up" more than once, and he talked about it with the same tone as if he was talking about a trip to the grocery store.

I'm against war and violence, but yet, I see these men and women as heroes- not because they are fighting a war, but because they keep others from being forced to fight.  I truly believe if it was not for the many men and women who voluntarily join the military, the draft would come back.  I'm so happy that no one in America is forced to fight against their will.

Yet, so many of our men and women get hurt- physically and emotionally.  Some lose their homes.  Some lose their personalities.  Some lose their personal connection with the world.  I think it's really important to support these people who have courage beyond belief.

Adopt a Soldier programs allow civilians to provide friendly support to people in the military through letters and care packages on an ongoing basis.  Adopt a US Soldier and Soldier's Angels adoption program both allow civilians  to provide emotional support to soldiers who are overseas and far away from home.  Soldier's Angels also has many other programs that allow civilians to emotionally support a variety of people:  veterans who have come back to the US but are injured, the families of soldiers, and caregivers of men and women who were injured in a war.




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