I spent Thanksgiving 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012 far away from family and friends while serving in the US Army. Four of the mentioned years were spent deployed to various combat zones.
They all bring back memories, some not so great and some of them are my best Thanksgiving day memories. Either way, they can bring bouts of loneliness and sadness. Some of which are unexplainable considering I am now typically surrounded by loved ones and copious amounts of food and booze! Which makes Mike a happy chap!
I thank God for bringing me back from all those times away and often ask him why he kept some of my brothers. I have a feeling I am not going to get the answer to my every day question until its judgment day. Having said that, I like to enjoy this time of year as a celebration of that fact he did bring me home. Not quite the same bloke that arrived at Fort Benning in 2005, but never the less alive and physically in one piece!
Between mouthfuls of turkey, pumpkin pie and all that beer and wine, try not to forget those who made it home but who are not quite fully home. We have brothers who, this week will feel overwhelming moments of sadness, guilt and, loneliness. Some will succumb to the demons of war and lose their fight. Remember, 22 veterans lose the fight every day in this Country.
A simple text, phone call and/ or visit to a veteran could literally save a life this week.
I am my brother’s keeper!!
Gobble gobble everyone and enjoy the festivities.