January 02, 2005


I've been emailing with a reader lately, and I hope she doesn't mind if I steal her words about love for our soldiers:

Sometimes I feel like a firehose with a knot in it. I have to be careful where I point it 'cause if the knot ever gets untied, I might end up drowning somebody in admiration, gratitude and affection.

That's how I felt when I read this article: They just want to rejoin their friends

Posted by Sarah at January 2, 2005 10:17 AM

No problem. I'm honored you quoted me. Just keep it anonymous. :)

I think it's great how the military has been finding ways to make use of the dedication, experience and knowledge of injured servicemembers. More than just the benefits to the military, I think it probably helps the individual with psychological recovery and adjustment.

The article reminds me of a Marine NCO I've been corresponding with. He's spent the last 4 months suffering daily headaches due to an IED blast. He was treated for other injuries in-country and returned to his unit, but he won't tell anybody about the headaches. He wrote, "There's no way they're taking me away from my men. I'll tell them how I really feel when I get back home."

Fortunately, it doesn't seem to have affected his ability to do his job because he and his men have been very busy and successful in a very "hot" part of the country.

Posted by: anonymous at January 2, 2005 03:25 PM