Appreciating Our Troops In The Wake Of The Afghani Disaster

I was really surprised when I read the breaking news of the U.S. Chinook helicopter shot down in Afghanistan. I was even more surprised when I learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs were on board that chopper. It’s not that I disregard “regular” soldiers, but SEAL deaths are few and far between so I was shocked to hear that so many perished at once.

This news came about two weeks after I finished reading “SEAL Team Six” by Howard Wasdin, aformer Team Six member. I really recommend reading that book. Very informative and interesting. The amount of training that SEALs go through is incredible. The time that they put forth in perfecting their craft is admirable. Normal military personnel may be in the service to pay for college or to get out of a bad situation at home. SEALs, however, are lifers. They want the military as a career and, as an American, I’m especially thankful for them.

About a week ago, I received a letter from a good friend of mine who is currently a Marine lance corporal serving in Marjah, Afghanistan. He said he’s doing well considering the circumstances and that I’m only the second person that has written to him. That blew my mind.

It’s amazing to me the low level of military appreciation that exists in the United States today. From the dismal troop salaries to the citizens’ overall misunderstanding of war. Many don’t want the expensive price tag that comes along with war, thus they often disregard the great sacrifice the members of the military are giving for us.

Soldiers rely on support from back home and from each other to make it through tough times out in the field. Without that support, they become depressed and lose sight of what’s important in life.

So, America, please support our troops.