Posted by Jim Judge on Jan 05, 2017 under ,


The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired,

tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society

as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a

beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for

work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has

never collected unemployment either. 




He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student,

pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has

a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to

be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and

roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer. 


He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is

working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble

spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a

rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can

recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use

either one effectively if he must. 


He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. 


He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march. 


He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without

spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. 


He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his

canteens full and his feet dry. 


He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He

can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. 


If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his

food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when

you run low. 


He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his



He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. 




He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still

find ironic humor in it all. 


He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short



He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat

and is unashamed. 




He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at

rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to' square-away' those

around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop

talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends

their right to be disrespectful. 


Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the

price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American

Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years. 




He has asked nothing in return, except 

Our friendship and understanding. 


Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his



And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this

tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so. 




Prayer wheel for our military. 




Please don't break it. Please send this on after a short prayer. 


Prayer Wheel 


'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect


Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in

our time of need. Amen.' 


When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our

ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and

for those in Iraq, Afghanistan and all foreign countries. 


There is nothing attached.... 


This can be very powerful.




Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman,

Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one. 


I can't break this one, sorry.  Pass it on to everyone and pray. 




What you are will show in what you do. 


Thomas A. Edison

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