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To Those Who Serve

Gratitude Journal — Day 11

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By nature, I am a pacifist. I abhor war for any reason. I was a participating activist and anti-war protestor during the 90s and early 2000s. Not since World War II have I seen a reason for the United States to be at war. Perhaps this is why we keep losing them. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan — just to name the bigger ones, but not to slight the smaller ones — have all been for naught except to kill young men and women of the US, our allies, and the people of those nations.

With my stance of such things clearly stated, I harbor no ill-will toward those who chose and continue to choose to serve in the military of this or any other nation. In some countries, military service is compulsory. In countries like the US, military service is voluntary, yet the incentives are so great that many join for those bonuses alone — a paycheck, free room and board, specialized training, education benefits, health benefits, etc. Often the military affords young men and women a chance to improve their lives and the lives of their families. All of this would be wonderful if war was an absolute last resort. We’ve seen how the government lies us into war too often though, but this is for a rant at another time.

For now, I am grateful for those who put on the uniform and charge head-on into battle when called to do so. While I may not always agree, I will never blame the soldiers. I blame governments. And this is why I always support the troops. Not because it is the patriotic thing to do. Not because I am a huge supporter of the government. And not because I believe these wars are always to protect us back home. I support the troops because they do what I, in good conscience, could never do. They deserve my respect and gratitude.

As another Veterans Day passes us by, my heart is heavy with thankfulness. It is also heavy with dismay for all those great minds wasted on battlefields.

©2021 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

This is in response to the November Monthly Theme prompt — Keep a 30-day Gratitude journal. I am aiming to commit to this. Wish me luck!

Here is a poem I wrote some time ago that was relayed to me by a Vietnam War Vet:

Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction, and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community. She is the Owner/Editor of Promptly Written and Not For Bedtime Stories. Check out her personal Medium blog here.



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