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Freedom Isn't Free

My son went to Iraq, in 2003, during the shock and awe stage. He marched with the 101st. Airborne, as a staff sergeant. From the bottom of Iraq to the top. He lost his driver, did things he was ordered to do that will haunt him the rest of his life. The change within him, is shocking, i am his mother, this i know and see.

So... saying this... I salute all the Veterans that paid the price to keep this country free! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you and keep you all!
MorningBreeze MorningBreeze 56-60, F 6 Responses Aug 3, 2011

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I salute your son ( and you ). I am so thankful to all vetrans. We need to be reminded of the cost that they paid so we can sit safe and secure in our homes. God bless all our service persons. Thanx for the reminder. XOXO mini

Thank you my friend.

I support the troops but as far as the ones in charge of them not so much the people who serve deserve respect but in their training they are taught that it is us versus them and in war it is important to know your side but what is the cost in humanity that is spent on this I have friends who have given their lives so we can live in a safe comfortable country but how do you fight terrorists who do not value the same things as us ???

that is one reason my son did not reenlist for his last 10 yrs. the ones in charge ....and how they did him and his men as they fought their way thru Iraq.... well.. he woouldn't..couldn't say much more but that... he was disappointed in how his country, he served, treated all of them in such time of need thru the ...shock and awe!....
for terrorists.... who are they?

I understand this "doing things he was ordered to do". Same happened here with family members in several different wars. Purple Hearts, and mental scars. God Bless our Veterans!

yup, mental scars and scars on the heart/soul. i started crying all over again when i re read my words. sigh........ yup, God Bless our Men in Arms!

I say God Bless your son and you as well Breeze :) You are a great mother for supporting him and he is a wonderful son for serving his military time to keep our great country free. I hope he never has to return there and that he will be able to have the bad memories fade. All soldiers are so precious. All who serve. They all deserve a heroes welcome home and all the help they need. xox

xox .... sigh... it was the most trying time of my faith while he was over there in great harms way! :(.... it tears me up just to remember how high my emotions ran!.... sorry.... my pray i said "everyday" ... I offered everything, myself to my God ...IF my son would come home safe... my only child! ... The night , his first night home in over a year, he was home, in his bed, my wonderful, amazing country home burnt down to the ground in minutes. we all bearly got out alive.... but my son is happy, successful, a father, a great husband.... he lives. wow... sorry. Thanks hon....i tripped there for a second. sigh

God bless him, and God bless you. My dad served in Afghanistan for a year, I understand how hard it is.

It's hard allll the way around. I can't even imagine what goes on inside my son's head and all that have served in wars. The rigid training all of them, in all the armed forces, go through is enough to thank them all! Thank you!

As a veteran who didn't serve overseas, I give thanks to those men and women who served, and are serving here and in the hot spots of our world to keep this country the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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