Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 20, 2012

What They’re Doing While I Lead my All-American Life

The juxtaposition will humble you, and then you’ll be numbed…

Chris Martin Writes

It’s a typical morning. My dreams dissolve into the sound of two little girls running up and down the hallway. Birds chirp outside the window as golden sunlight trickles in through the half-open blinds. Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I greet my wife with a kiss and stumble into the kitchen. With the press of a button, frothy hot liquid pours into my mug. The aroma brings a smile to my face.

Thousands of miles away, a young man sits on the damp earth, trembling. Bombing continued throughout the night, shaking the very ground beneath him. His eyes burn from lack of sleep. He grips the M16 rifle across his lap with both hands as his thoughts drift away to a normal life he can barely remember. Tears dampen his face as he recalls the last words his mother spoke to him right before he left.

After hugging the…

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  1. Thank you for posting this. I really appreciate it!

    Chris

    • I write for young men and women considering the military as a career. You’ve so succinctly stated one reason many will not think to consider. To say I was impressed is like calling Noah a boat builder.


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