Your alarm goes off; you hit the snooze and
for another 10 minutes.
He stays up for days on end.
You take a warm shower to help
you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running
You complain of a "headache",
and call in
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps
put on your anti war/don't support the
troop’s shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for
your right to wear that shirt.
You make sure you're cell phone is in your
clutches the cross hanging on his chain
next to his dog tags.
You talk trash about your
aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies
walk down the beach, staring at all the
He walks the streets, searching for
insurgents and terrorists.
about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take
off his helmet to wipe his brow.
go out to lunch, and complain because
the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today.
maid makes your bed and washes your
He wears the same things for weeks, but
makes sure his weapons are
You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush
You're angry because your class ran 5
he will be held over an extra 2
You call your girlfriend and set a date for
waits for the mail to see if there is a
letter from home.
You hug and kiss your girlfriend,
He holds his letter close and smells his
roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new
child, and wonders if they'll ever meet
criticize your government, and say that
war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by
own people and remembers why he is fighting.
You hear the jokes about the war, and make
of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of
only what the media wants you to
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
are asked to go to the store by your
parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told.
stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call,
write home, sleep, and eat.
crawl into your soft bed, with down
pillows, and get comfortable.
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5
nap, only to be woken by gunfire.
You sit there and judge him, saying the
world is probably
a worse place
because of men like him.
If only there were more men like him!
Only two defining forces
have ever offered
to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G I.
One died for your soul, the other for your