I wasn’t against the Military. I just thought of it as another big government institution. Granted, a heavily armed big government institution, but still…I had no personal connection. Back in 2009, I had only a vague sense of what “peace keeping” in Afghanistan or Iraq meant, either for the men and women doing it or for their families at home.
Then one random event led me to adopt a Soldier. And everything changed. I made a difference for him and his family. I saw how our lives were connected. That inspired me to do a little more.
Along the way, I’ve done that “little more” for over 800 Troops. This blog is about what I learned. It will include the good, bad, funny and sometimes heartbreaking. But it will always be honest. And I have two hopes:
1. This helps others who want to support the Troops.
2. This gives people like me (well, the old me) who never really thought about the Troops, a reason to feel connected. To care. And to help close the divide between civilian and military.
That’s my Mission. Thanks for giving me a chance to accomplish it.
© Gina left the mall, 2012