Go Back   Professional Soldiers > The Bear Pit > Mindset

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 12-24-2007, 22:51   #1
Area Commander
Snaquebite's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Raeford, NC
Posts: 3,374
Bless Them All


Bless ‘em All
by Jed Babbin

Posted: 12/24/2007

Christmas, we celebrate our families, friends and neighbors. It’s a time to be with those we hold most dear, and to take a break from the pressures we face every day. It’s a time for charity, as well, toward our fellow man.

But there are those who are deprived of family and friends on holidays, and for them the deprivation -- and more -- are a commonplace uncomplained-of: our soldiers. As we enjoy being surrounded by our families’ love on Christmas, we should each take a moment to remember those who defend us, and the sacrifices they make.

There is a young man, I am told, recovering from his wounds in Bethesda Naval Hospital. He is a Navy SEAL lieutenant. I do not know his name, and wouldn’t publish it in any event without his permission. He is entitled to whatever privacy he chooses to claim. SEALs – like their Marine Recon, Army Special Forces and other special operations brethren – tend to be private people. They talk among themselves but no to outsiders. This particular man has spoken, though, with such eloquence by posting a sign on the door to his hospital room.

The lieutenant, according to my source, suffered a shot with a 7.62mm round in Afghanistan. The bullet went sideways through the front of his face across his eye sockets just behind the cheek bones. He will require about 12 facial repair operations. My source reports that the lieutenant is doing well, his force of will, his inner strengths undiminished. The proof of that begins with the sign on his door.

It says:

Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got doing a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20% further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.

The Management

Lieutenant, I don’t know who you are and won’t try to find you. But if you wish to find me, please do. My e-mail address is jbabbin@eaglepub.com. I would like to visit you in the hospital to share your fun and optimism, and to just say thanks.

As we all embrace our families on Christmas, we should remember the other families whose homes are emptier than ours. Those whose members are serving, recovering from wounds or have made the ultimate sacrifice won’t enjoy the day as will we. But there’s something we can do for them.

Most military families aren’t in need of charity. But there is one thing we all can and should do. If there’s a military family you know just call them and say, “thanks.” That’s what they need most, and will appreciate all through the coming year. Bless ‘em all.

That's a mindset......
D-3129 Life

"If one day you decide to know yourself...you'll have to choose the warrior path...You'll reach the darkness of your spirit.... Then, if you overcome your fears....You will know who you are."

"De Oppresso Liber"

Last edited by Snaquebite; 12-24-2007 at 23:01.
Snaquebite is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 15:45.

Copyright 2004-2022 by Professional Soldiers
Site Designed, Maintained, & Hosted by Hilliker Technologies