Thursday, July 21, 2005

all in the family

I met a man today whose son just came home from a year in Iraq. He served in Vietnam. Both in the army. I wonder if that helps, or if it just makes it harder to talk about it.

Another loose acquaintance is headed there in August as a firefighter. He's young, drinks like a fish, and will see his younger brother get married on Saturday.

I'm too tired to think about it right now, but somehow it weighs on me.


Blogger mal said...

I have a friend whose unit is being called up in 2 weeks. She will be gone for 15 months. I think this war is closer to us in some ways because it so heavily staffed with Guard and Reserves that is all around us instead of the young men that were drafted for Viet Nam. This time it is our neighbors, co workers and friends that are being called. I know that for years they have accepted the money to be available to go where needed. It is still not easy

3:59 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

I have a nephew who's a Marine over there. We don't know where. He's not allowed to say. His was one of the first asses I wiped (other than mine), and now his first job out of High School is killing people.

My oldest son is a Lieutenant in the Air Force. He's deploying next month ("Boots on the ground August 18th"). He wanted to have a little fun before he left so he and his girlfriend are...


5:58 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Not easy at all. BP, wow. I'm sure you are a very proud and very concerned dad/uncle. Here's to hoping the whole mess is over soon.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

Some guys actually dread coming home.

5:31 PM  

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