With so many people arguing that we need to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, you'd think they've forgotten what caused us to be here in the first place.
We are here trying to make sure that 9/11 never happens again.
But what most Americans don't seem to realize is that while some of us may not agree with being here, it's our job.
We have no choice!!!!
When we are given an order to go, we have to go!! Whether we want to or not.
Another thing that most people don't realize is truly how hard our job REALLY is. . .
Every year we have to leave our loved ones for months and sometimes over a year, to do a job that most people don't seem to want us to do.
This is especially hard for people such as myself who are single parents.
In an effort to do my job and serve my country, I am leaving behind a five-year-old son who started kindergarten a month before I left, a boyfriend who loves me very much, family, and friends. So while most people are getting their children settled into school, I'm missing my son's first year of school. Moments that I will never be able enjoy or even be a part of.
Not only will I miss that, but I will also be absent this holiday season.
No New Year's, nothing.....
So yet again while millions of people will be spending this holiday season with family and friends, I will be alone in the Afghanistan desert wishing I was with my son, boyfriend, and family. All in an effort to serve my country.
You know the old saying,
"You never miss your water til the well runs dry" hits home.
You never realize what you take for granted until it's taken away from you.
Something as simple as:
Waking up in the middle of the night and walking three or four steps to go to the bathroom verses having to get dressed and walk outside to a completely different building.
Or . . . Being able to get in your car and drive wherever you need to go verses having to walk EVERYWHERE.
Or . . . Being able to hold and kiss your child.
Or . . . Being able to tell your significant other that you love them in person and not over the phone.
Simple things that you do on a daily basis.
I wonder if the people who want us to stop defending America would be willing to make such a sacrifice as myself and the thousands of other military members do time after time.
Especially when it seems like not many people appreciate it.........
S Sgt. Christina Webbs
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