|THE GLASS IS HALF-FULL|
|by DallasBlog.com||Mon, Jul 31, 2006, 10:49 AM|
Late last year, my cousin and I were invited to adopt a solider who was about to be deployed to Iraq. We are merely two of dozens of people who have come together to support one of the troops in the 4th Infantry Division, stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. Our goal is to send one care package a month to each soldier.
Sometimes our care packages get lost in the mail. At other times, the soldiers are out of email contact for days or weeks on end. Communication is often sporadic and brief. We are, after all, basically strangers. But we are reaching out to each other because we share a deep love of country and a desire to protect her from those who want to destroy us.
Even the limited contact that we’ve had with our soldier has brought more than one smile to my face. Americans should know how strong, brave, and kind our soldiers and their families are. Moreover, this adoption experience has exposed me to information that I otherwise would not have seen. And I’ve learned a great deal about the wonderful accomplishments that have been achieved in Iraq. More Americans should know about these successes. The mainstream media often focus on the more sensational—and negative—stories of torture allegations, bombings, and the deaths of American soldiers. Needless to say, such a focus makes it easy for the average American to feel a bit pessimistic.
I thought I would take this opportunity to share with Dallas readers at least a few of the positive news pieces that I’ve been exposed to during the past few weeks as a result of the adopt-a-soldier program in which I am participating. I highly recommend involvement in similar programs for those who have the opportunity. Perhaps then, you, too, will be able to sidestep the mainstream media and receive a more balanced view of the state of affairs in Iraq.
Our soldiers believe in their mission. Shouldn’t we believe in it—and them, too?
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