This is propably the best written work I have read in regards to what soldiers have to fac on a daily basis. I am currently on terminal leaver after 13 years in the Army. I went to Iraq in 04, 06, 07 and Afghanistan in 10, 11, and 13.
What you describe hits home for me. There is such a huge disconnect between men of war and the rest of our country.
I hope that in the years to come people will understand the burden of war and become proactive in doing so.
I would like to add one thing. I am angry. I am angry because not more people made the choice to join the Army or Marines during this war. If we would have had more people join I wouldn’t have had to be away for 6 years out of the last 13 years. Yes, I did volunterr but I did it with the hope that many more would join and fight against evil. This was not the case and like you said now we have a very small percentage who bear the burden of war.
It makes me mad when people tell me “well I thought about joining but my job, famly etc”
I don’t think things will change but we can still hope right?!