One of the things that has most influenced my life was the time that I spent as a military wife during the first Gulf War. To this day, I can not pass someone in uniform without tears welling in my eyes for the people they leave behind. I can not watch the fake war movies that present war as a glory inspired past time for remembering that the troops give their lives on the battlefield everyday for the liberties we take for granted. I can not pretent that the war coverage on the news is strictly a political attempt to gain press coverage.
The war is about human souls…loosing their lives…with the hope that we–the people at home–will make the politicians use their service to benefit our country. This, however, is not happening.
For anyone not sure about the exact standing:
Casualties in Iraq: The Human Cost of Occupation (source: www.AntiWar.com)
Since war began (3/19/03): 4113
Since “Mission Accomplished” (5/1/03) 3974
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3652
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3254
Since Election (1/31/05): 2676
American Wounded Official Estimated
Total Wounded: 30333
US Military Deaths – Afghanistan 542
In special recognition, love, and support of the efforts our troops…I dedicate today, the 4th of July, to the troops and their families…who wait, hope, and pray.
Please join me–and them–in a moment of prayer for the safe return of our troop to the American soil we all love so much. And, feel free to grab the yellow ribbon in this post for your blog or website to show your support for the troops! ~~Dee