I have only been in Afghanistan for a month and I really cannot be more appreciative for all the support. It is such a gift to get back from being out for a week or so to find the occasional letter or email that keeps you connected.
In fact it is amazing/shocking when I hear the stories from soldiers as they reconnect with their family and friends. So far in just one short month my platoon has experienced new pregnancies, engagements, divorces, and deaths in their families. I find myself in this awkward position where I have to help guys several years older than I am in order to get their life on track. But despite the strange situations, I would not trade it for the world. I know that I am lucky to have a strong family that (despite our faults) raised me to be at least a positive force in a conflicted world. My guys experience everything, and they take it in stride as they continue to serve. Even when people back home try and take advantage of them, you should know that our soldiers don't complain and continue to go out and make a difference in the world.
Now I know I am just ranting, but it has been an important for me whenever I get depressed or resentful about my own life and situation to take a step back and see the problems of others around me. It just requires a little perspective. I can at least say that I am glad to be here, at least for my guys sake.
Now its time to head back out....