By Marcus Shockley
Image courtesy FortBenning.us
It’s just about that time of year again, and with my own brother stationed overseas for his second tour-of-duty, the Holidays always hit home in a way that bites; it’s hard to imagine what life is like for the soldiers and military people like my brother, so far away from his wife and the rest of his family. That’s why I encourage everyone who is supporting someone in the military, or a veteran, to check out the army t shirts and navy t shirts offered at CafePress and maybe even send one over to someone who can’t make it home for the most special days.
There is a special place in my heart for those who serve to protect the country, and the sacrifice isn’t just during the Holidays, it’s every day of the year. I, like most Amercans, have the luxury of being able to forget that all too often. The safety that soldiers like my own brother, grandfathers, cousins and uncles provided is the very safety that allows me to forget. With that in mind, I think it is important to take the time to remember and support the U.S. Army in any we can, and not just on the nostalgic days like the ones in December. It’s too often a thankless, and unfortunately, almost invisible job in our society, a sad testament to just how good they are at what they do. I only hope that I can live up to the freedom and opportunities that my brother and other members who have served provided me.