It got me to thinking about the military. As I grew up and presidents changed; Vietnam expanded, and it was my friends who were either enlisting or were called to duty by the draft. As the first man I knew was KIA we mourned and prayed for our friends, brothers, or fathers to return. And return they did - after ONE tour of duty. Many had PTSD (very unpopular and difficult to prove at the time). Many (including my husband to be) were exposed to Agent Orange. It was being sprayed around the bases to keep the foliage down. Trust me, I am not waxing nostalgic about this war - or any war. People are killed - ours/theirs - innocent and otherwise.
My concern is that today these service men and women are being deployed to these wars for several tours of duty. After having seeing what one tour can do - what in heavens name to do we think two, three, and sometimes more are going to do. So many have survived one tour to be KIA in the second. PTSD? Who would not have a stress disorder after such continual deployment.
I am worried about this trend of deployment and crazy overseas warfare. I want our servicemen home - let them take care of our home front. Hell, deploy them to New Jersey for clean-up. Cook in Soup Kitchens. Rebuild and defend America here at home. Maybe it's an isolationist type of thinking but I do not care. I'm sorry other countries are having it rough - we are too.