My son, apparently, got blown up. More specifically, the MRAP he was in got blown up by an IED. His was the lead vehicle, and he was the gunner up top. One second everything was fine, and the next was all hot, loud, and and swirling chaos.
Thankfully, he and the others in the vehicle are okay, no serious injuries. He was off duty for a week with a concussion and ringing in his ears. The MRAP had the entire front suspension ripped off. The Army won’t release any pics, so I can’t give you a damage assessment.
While I was digesting all this, he calmly related how his platoon was ambushed by superior numbers while escorting a tanker convoy. The destruction of the tankers was related in a news story here. The story has the typical anti-American slant, etc.
My son’s response was this… (unedited)
“This wasn’t just rioters doing this, it also cought some peoples crops and homes on fire, And another thing they didn’t note is that the 173 cleaned up this mess and My platoon provided humanitarian aid to the people when this happened. We brought blankets food, water and other assorted relief items. But the thing about the afghan people is that they’re not greatfull for anything, and whenever we help, all they want is more more more, To be honest i’m pretty fed up with the coin war bullshit. “
And last week he informs me that he has been awarded his Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
I am incredibly proud of him, but I understand completely why my own father drank.
Don’t get me wrong. My family has been spared the heartache that so many have had to endure. I count every bit of good news as a blessing, and even some of the not-so-good, because it could always be worse. this nation is at war, and the reality is that while thousands and thousands of young Americans are facing danger ever hour of every day, the folks back home seem disconnected from it all.
Yes, we need to live our lives, but we also need to understand that our lives here are an illusion, and can quickly become a nightmare beyond what many can imagine, and that right quickly.