Anyone with access to the San Fransisco Chronicle, and an interest in the Army, has probably already seen what I am forwarding.
To those who haven't, I hope you take a minute to read it, and then take action.
RETURN TO SENDER.
I first read Colby Buzzell's book, "My War, Killing Time in Iraq", back when we learned that our son was in a unit being deployed to the sand box.
I found it a real page turner. It is more than an eyewitness account of the war.
Colby gives a day to day look at a soldiers life while deployed in a war zone.
He spent a year with the 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team in country 2003/04.
While he gives some hair raising accounts of battles, he also enlightens readers with a mostly diary style of writing, most if not all of which came from posts to his blog, which of course got him in trouble with his superiors.
It is a must read.
You can find it here, MY WAR
After reading his post, I hope you will take action by contacting your elected congressmen, and demanding that they take action by writing, or backing, the needed legislation to reinstate the draft.
This is the only way we can stop the military from overburdening those courageous young people who stood up and volunteered to serve their country in time of need.
How can we stand bye and watch them get ordered back to duty because there just aren't enough people to fill the necessary slots to keep the machine running.
I could go on, but I said it was going to be short.
In closing, and on a much happier note, I hope that we will all take time to remember our moms. Be they still with you, or gone from here, without them we wouldn't be here. It's a beautiful day here in New England. The kind of day that makes one glad to be alive. I feel blessed by many things, a wonderful wife, three great sons, a comfortable life with the ability to do and have most of the things that I've always wanted.
The great friends I've made in person and here through blogging.
Matt's impending return to society.
And my mom is still with us.
I get to see her almost every day, and tell her I love her, but today I'm going to take her to dinner, and tell her how much she means to me.
I love you mom.