This was sent to me - I don't know its origin...but in the din after memorial day...a reflection that remains poignant. I updated it a little bit and added the last line.
Cell phone is in your pocket.
The soldier clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
You talk trash about your 'buddies' that aren't with you.
The soldier knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
The soldier patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
You complain about how hot it is.
The soldier wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.
You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
The soldier's meal comes out of an MRE bag with a bottle of water.
You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
The soldier hopes to have time and energy to brush his teeth today.
You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
The soldier is told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
The soldier waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
The soldier holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.
You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
The soldier 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.
The soldier 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 and women like them.
The soldier hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
You see only what the media wants you to see.
The soldier sees the broken bodies lying around him.
You are asked to do a task you don't like and You don't.
The soldier does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.
You stay at home and watch TV.
The soldier 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.
The soldier tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.
You believe that the world does not need the actions of the soldier
The Soldier knows your world exists because of his actions.