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This is Palm Sunday, and next Sunday is Easter. It is a time of family, and sharing the Easter dinner together. It is also when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, if you believe in Christian values. But those who are deployed will not have such luxury.
So, we all will be having warm fuzzies when grandma comes, and the children run out to do their Easter egg hunt.
What about our military who are deployed, and away from their families? They have no warm fuzzies. They will eat military food, without grandma, or any of their kids being there. They will be alone as far as family.
This saddens me to no end. I know because I was one of those soldiers who was not with family. I was deployed to Korea in 1960.
We didn’t have the great technology that we have today. No cell phones, no Skype, no phones at all except a few that lined up at the phone provided for hours to get their five minutes of time to talk.
It is a new kind of loneliness. It was strange. You were surrounded by a bunch of great guys, and gals who were in the same boat with you, but they weren’t family. They weren’t your wife or husband. They didn’t fill the void.
Real down times and real time of problems with my friends turning to alcohol to try to hide their pain. Drinking was the escape back in the late 50’s for the military.
Not everyone of course, but you knew who was going to take their time away from family very hard. They complained about not seeing them, and even went into deep depression.
So, I know what some of you have gone through or are going through right now. I feel your pain. I wish there was a way I could trade with you so you could be with your family. I would do it in a New York minute.
What you and I need to do is think positive thoughts even through the down times. We need to take one day at a time, and be thankful for the friends we have around us, even if it is a foreign place.
Do not let the depression creep in. Do not allow your thoughts wander into a dangerous place on the darkside. Be strong. Hang on.
There is always help for you 24/7 at: 1-800-273-8255
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all….never, ever, give up!