Ever since the United States has been involved in the ridiculousness in Afghanistan, people have been doing a great deal for our service men and women who come home wounded or maimed. These men and women gave of themselves to serve our country and do what is right. And for that I thank and praise them beyond words! I have the utmost respect and admiration for them and would give them the shirt off my back to help them. But I ask you, what of the men and women whose wounds aren't physical?
What of those service men and women who come home and suffer from PTSD? These wounds are not visible but hurt just as much. These men and women suffer every day with the vision of things they saw, or relive things they did. I have two, very dear gamer friends who served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield who suffer from PTSD. One of them controls it himself with meditation and patience, the other with medication. These men, these Patriots have my love and respect for what they endured in the "sandbox."
Every time I see a man or woman in uniform or a veteran, I make it my duty to walk over to them shake their hand, thank them for their service and if needed welcome them home. I ask my children to thank them and tell them that this is what a true Hero looks like. So, my friends I ask you, no matter where in the world you are when you read this, no matter what your political views are. Please, when you see a solider or veteran, shake their hand, buy them a Pepsi and let them know they are not forgotten and they are appreciated.
And if you know a solider who cam home with PTSD, please I beg you, take them in your arms embrace them let them know they are not alone and that while you may not be able to sympathise withe what they have been through, you certainly can empathise and offer to listen to them or even just hold them while they cry. Let them know they don't have to suffer alone.
As always may the Force be with you all.