Imagine if you were a soldier being deployed. You board the plane fearing that this could be the last time seeing your family and them seeing you alive. You fear that the next time they see you it could be in a pine box draped with an American flag. Putting this aside, you step onto the plane. You ponder many things on your long flight to your final destination on foreign soil. We live in America the “home of the free and the brave.” Our soldiers fight for freedom each and every day. They face grave danger and the extremes of the climate. They also face the challenge of PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, after they get home. They are the one who are brave, and because of them we are free. Recently one of our own, Mr. Kevin Brewington was seriously injured. On the news we hear of soldiers coming home, but unfortunately, some are in coffins. The ones that we are fortunate to welcome home face many challenges readapting to everyday life.
When soldiers are deployed, their families are separated. No one in the family of a deployed loved one is left untouched. Families wonder if they will ever see the soldier again. Perhaps the most poignant are the children who wonder if they will ever see their relative again. They are especially sad around the holidays because they miss their loved one. They miss out on so much. A son may miss his father carrying on his first hunt. A daughter may miss her “hero’” her dad, whom she thinks is stronger than anyone and he thinks she’s the prettiest girl in the world. Expectant mothers wonder if their baby’s father will be there for the birth or ever get to hold the baby. Their sacrifice is great!