|Quoting J_Hallgren (Reply 9):|
Was prompted by that video to look up some stats...in 2004, for the age group 15-24, according to the CDC.gov site, there were a total of 10,874 deaths in USA due to motor vehicles...and 4,877 due to homicide...so if we want to keep our kids "safe", we better stop them from getting anywhere near a car, as they seem to be too hazardous!
And make sure that we stop all killing here in USA...yes, the rate per 100K is more in war zone, but when there are always around 45-50K total deaths per year due to vehicles, and there isn't a national movement to stop this "driving war", I don't see why such a crisis over your fellow troops deaths who are providing a critical and VALUABLE service when doing so...Believe me, I DO care about the losses over there, but it pales in comparison to what's going on here! How many of your age group are killed just due to drunk driving? Maybe about the same percent as due to war...and drunk driving is much easier to solve!
A high-school classmate of mine lost her son-in-law in Iraq in 2005, so I know someone personally affected by this...and just last month, her oldest son was killed in an odd traffic accident...anyway, I feel for your loss, ok?
Well... I gotta be honest with you, I'm really not sure how I should react to your comments.
I just don't see why you had to even bring this up. There are a lot of very fine soldiers dying, and it sorrowing. I don't think it's ever a bad thing to acknowledge the heart breaking pain that occurs here on a daily basis.
I'm sorry but car accidents, and war causalities - just shouldn't be spoken of in the same breath.
|Quoting NoUFO (Reply 12):|
It's your wife and your life, but me thinks she will be pissed when your are going to tell her. Not only that you volunteered to return, but also that you didn't allow her to have a saying in that.
|Quoting Klaus (Reply 30):|
Yikes indeed... you're treading dangerous territory there...!
I'm sure she'll have a word or two to say about it as well...
Yeah everytime I try to bring it up... I chicken out. I know it's going to break her heart. But this is just something I gotta do. As long as soldiers are fighting and dying, then I need
to be there with them. If I can serve a purpose here, I don't want 20yrs from now for me to look back and regret knowing I could have done more for the war effort.
|Quoting PanAmOldDC8 (Reply 18):|
As a Vietnam Vet I salute you and say thank you for your service. Keep safe
Well let me take this time to say THANK YOU. It was a far harsher life than I'll ever know... and my hat is off to you. Thank you for your service.
|Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 29):|
I have a friend over there with UH60 flying the Seahawk (the Navy's version of the Blackhawk) who says it is a great bird but that it is interesting flying something that is trying to kill you at a moment's notice.
lol - yeah that's a good way of putting it.
|Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 48):|
Thank you for protecting our country. I'm on the verge of joining the military because I actually want to go to Iraq and demolish terrorists and protect the freedoms that we have. The only thing stopping me right now is that I'm a junior at the Univ of Texas and it would be hard to give up such a great degree/education when Im so close to finishing.
Well, Solvacek, I encourage everyone to join the military. It's a fantastic experience where you learn a lot about yourself, and about life.
But definitely finish your degree. Trust me, we'll still need you when you graduate. Heck, with a degree, you can go to OCS and become an officer and live the high life!
hmmm... apparently not everyone agrees
I still have 36hrs before they force me to change it.
Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.