Antiprincess just found out that her brother, who is an American Marine fighting in overseas, will be coming back home in about 200 days. I can't wait to hear her tell us all that he's made it back safe and sound to his family and friends.
There has never been one war in American history that someone in my family wasn't serving in the military and thus participating in. My step-brother was lucky. Right before the Afghan war started, it was time for him to decide if he wanted to re-enlist. He could see the writing on the wall and he managed to get out just weeks before the stop-loss went into effect. Another relative is in the National Guard and he's been stationed in Afghanistan a couple of times since the war began. Hopefully he won't have to go back overseas any time soon.
It's a really hard thing because, back in the day, I used to be really proud to have had so many relatives who'd served. Now, my feelings are mixed. On the one hand, I want nothing to do with this war. However, I still feel a sense of admiration for the soldiers who have fought in wars. Does that make sense?
I just pray that none of the soldiers I know wind up killing anyone. I know that might be unrealistic but, I just have to hope, ya' know? I have made up my mind not to ask any of them if they killed anyone while they were fighting overseas because, in a way, I don't want to know. I'm afraid that it might change how I see them. I don't know what I'll say if/when any of them do tell me that they did.