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Many of us have been there and done that -- But lets not forget the young Troops that are doing it today.

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You embrace your family --
His family never will again.

You stay at home and watch TV.  --
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.  --  He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists. You complain about how hot it is  --  He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow. You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable. -- He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.
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You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday. --  He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume You roll your eyes as a baby cries. --  He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet. and wonders if they'll ever meet. You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight. --  He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home. A welcomed quiet moment
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You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over. -- He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months. You are asked to go to the store by your parents  --  He does exactly what he is told even when it puts his life in danger. You talk trash about your 'buddies' that aren't with you.  --  He will not see some of his buddies again. In WWII Russian KIA was 81,116 taking Berlin just like this, with
280,251 others wounded.
Your make your bed and wash your clothes. --  He wears the same things for days, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone  --  He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today. You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong. --  He doesn't get to eat today.  You talk trash about your 'buddies' that aren't with you.  --  He knows he may not see some of his buddies again. You see only what the media wants you to see You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything
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He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people He sees the broken bodies lying around him You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded. and knows why he is fighting
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