Our View: Thinking of the soldiers this holiday
During the holiday season, we should pause to think of our American troops, many of whom have been pulled from their families during extended tours overseas to support the Iraq war effort.
Soldiers know the sacrifices inherent in military life, but the holiday season presents a greater challenge. The call to duty takes these men and women away from their loved ones and the comforts of home, at a time when they need them most.
On the home front, it is easy for Americans to shield themselves from the reality of what our children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, are going through while on active duty. While the situation becomes more challenging – with daily reports of American casualties in Iraq, including the horrific bombing earlier this week in Mosul – we go on with our lives. It is human nature.
With the Iraq elections coming in the end of January, and an aggressive effort by our military to train Iraqi security forces, we remain hopeful the men and women who have been there so long will finally get some relief and be able to return stateside. We hope that a year from now we will have many of them home for the holidays. Until then, we wish our soldiers the best during this holiday season, and thank them for their sacrifice.