I received this from a friend and I had to post it. The pictures tell all and the words just grab you. Whoever wrote this, excellent and deserves to be shared:

Your cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your 'buddies' that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

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 go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

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.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do every day.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

Happiness begins with a grateful heart. Grateful for all you have. Grateful for your freedom. Grateful for those who defend it. While war is never the answer to a peaceful world. And war is sometimes used as an excuse by those in power. The men and women who are serving should have our respect and support. And pray they come home.

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