My neighbor is like family to us. When they have something happen to them, it effects me very much. I know much of their immediate family as well as extended family. My neighbor, has a godson/nephew that was killed in Iraq. They found out the news today. We were just putting a care package together for his battalion/troop and we were so excited to get all those magazines, baby wipes, flea collars, and other needs to them ASAP. We were going to call the different companies in the area to get some sponsorship to make it a BIG care package. It is very difficult for me to see those close to me in such despair. Her Nephew gave the "ultimate sacrifice", and not just for them, but for me, and my family and you and your family. This is probably the closest degree of separation I will be from someone who is in Iraq. I am not sure what to say, what to expect. I want to continue to fill the contents of that box, send it to his battalion in his honor and to send them condolences for their loss, and thank them for continuing to fight, while mourning. They have not released the names to the press yet, and they are still investigating the incident, I can only hope that he suffered little and knowing how much he was loved.
This has touched me. I see more now and feel more now about that war than I did reading the news, or watching the politics play out. I always want them to be safe and to come home, but beyond that I was ignorant of the "real life" scenario. The one where you see the family who loses...next door.
My heart goes out to all those fighting for us, for their families at home, and till they are home safe in your arms...I pray for their safe return. Beyond that I don't know about what you feel. I can say that the amount of honor they bestow upon you and your family cannot be matched by anything I will ever do, but that I hope that my life can emulate their purpose.
With Much Love and Aloha,