I’m not one to share my political views with people, so please don’t take the following entry as such. SSG Gary Price, who has served in the army for over 20 years was kind enough to send me a get well message, I responded with a thank you and a bigger thank you for protecting the lives of millions of people he doesn’t know. Our view of the military often gets skewed by it’s role in politicians’ ambitions and we forget about the actual soldiers, and how they all have different views about why they do what they do. This is his take on his career:
Thanks, Mary. I have been serving in the “company of heroes” for 20 years, but we know that if it weren’t for the support of our families, friends and our fellow citizens, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do…which is to preserve our way of life, free others from oppression and provide humanitarian assistance to those who don’t have it as good as we do. It would be ideal for all humans to get along and for nations to find peaceful ways of resolving disputes without resorting to violence…and maybe someday we can achieve such civility, but since ruthless madmen and reckless regimes continue to exist, our mission continues…Everyday, I do my duty in the hopes of living up to those who have gone before. I am truly humbled by their sacrifices and those that are currently serving overseas…hoping that soon I may be allowed to go over very soon and do my part.
Here is the disappointing part:
I wanted you to know just how much it means to me and my fellow Soldiers that YOU support us. I’ve seen the cold reception that Vietnam Veterans received from an ungrateful nation in the late 70s and I hope we never see those days again. No matter what one’s politics are or opinions of decisions made by our political leaders, my fellow Soldiers serve with the best of intentions and their families are really the ones who suffer the most…because at least we have each other; they are left home to worry. They are owed far more support, but are often forgotten in the media hype.
If you would like to send your support to Gary and other Soldiers, please send me an email with Gary in the subject line and I will pass it along.
Thank you again Gary, and everyone else serving. And, don’t forget, a man in uniform is not only stylish, but also f*ing hot!