I've Got Your Back

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Soldier PatrolWith the marking of 4,000 deaths this week in the war in Iraq it made me think of commitment and service by many in our world. No greater love is given than to lay down one's life. We honor those who serve and also those many wounded as well.

In combat zones, you will hear soldiers, men and women, who go back for additional tours of duty to serve with their units. It isn't sometimes about the mission or the politics of the war, but rather about the unit.

There's an expression in combat patrols which says "I've got your back."

We should all be so lucky in life to have a military service person, a family member, a friend, a Realtor, any professional who has our back.

We know that they can be counted on in thick and thin times. We need not turn around to see that they are there "covering" for us. It is a matter of faith. When you find someone like this in your life (personal or business) make note of them. In the category of true friends, you have found a treasure.

There is a Nigerian proverb that says, "Hold on to a true friend with both hands." It is so true. They are examples of loyalty to you that is a fleeting rarity in today's modern world. I view it as perhaps a glimpse of a little "heaven on earth."

So to all those in the military and in life in general that have our backs, I salute you as my heroes.



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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate
I also salute them as my heroes. Excellent post Gary!
Mar 25, 2008 12:08 PM #3
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire
Really nice tribute Gary...
Mar 25, 2008 01:07 PM #4
Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

Thank you Gary, for a great post.  I have an 18 year old who is a senior in high school.  To apply for student aid in college, he had to register for the selective service.  Thank heavens there is no draft.  I think of this young man in my life when I see photos and stories of the service men and women in Iraq and around the world.

I support the troops, not the war.

Mar 25, 2008 01:12 PM #5
Lissa Uder
RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC - Lebanon, MO
Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent

Living in a community about 30 miles from Fort Leonard Wood, I occasionally run into one of these heroes that "have my back". My habit is to approach them, shake their hand and extend a very appreciative "thank you". Once they get over the initial shock, they welcome it warmly. I don't think they know how many civilians would "have their back" in a case of necessity.

I'm with Carol Lee. I support the troops, not the war.

Mar 25, 2008 01:36 PM #6
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
The military and all true friends that support us in our times of need are just amazing folks I agree.
Mar 25, 2008 02:14 PM #7
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Thank you for this post, Gary, you can never say enough about our troops and vets.
Mar 25, 2008 02:28 PM #8
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Virginia: You are right, there are many "special" ones all around if we just open our eyes to them. I saw today where there was this organization giving out civilian Medals of Honor. It was founded by a military Medal of Honor winner.
Mar 25, 2008 03:21 PM #9
Arina Hanciulescu
RealtyPros - Las Vegas, NV
Gary, It is wonderful to honor our military sacrifices for the country... but it brakes my heart nevertheless to see that is happening to them.
Mar 25, 2008 04:17 PM #10
Holly Galligan
Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Gary, great picture and post! It is nice to thank the troops and recognize what sacrifices they're making. My husband was a Marine for 9 years and we are very happy he's home and follow what is going on with the soldiers still fighting. Nice post!
Mar 25, 2008 06:25 PM #11
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Gary, thanks for this reminder. We owe such a huge debt of gratitude to our service men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedoms....
Mar 26, 2008 03:03 AM #12
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
What a lovely and heart felt tribute. Sometimes we think of an army as a monolithic thing, but in fact an army is made up of many individuals with individual life stories. Every single one is precious.
Mar 26, 2008 03:13 AM #13
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Arina: We owe so much to those of service.

Holly: Wow a hero in your house! Semper Fi.

Rich: You are absolutely right about sacrifice.

Rosario: The loyalty to the unit, the band of brothers, is amazing.

Mar 26, 2008 04:33 AM #14
Christina ONeal
At Home Real Estate Group - Ripon, CA
Realtor - Ripon California

Gary,  I love it.  Thank you for this.  My 19 year old is in boot camp right now & I just love to hear your tribute to those that serve.  I am very proud of my son & all those that serve selflessly for the better of our country.  Take care.

Mar 26, 2008 06:09 AM #15
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
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What an inspirational tribute to our troops.  Great post, Gary.
Mar 26, 2008 10:40 AM #16
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes
Thanks Gary...I wish more folks were as positive as you about these brave men who sacrifice much.
Mar 26, 2008 04:59 PM #17
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty
Great post Gary.  Soldiers in Iraq as well as their families sacrifice so much for our country. 
Mar 27, 2008 03:27 PM #18
M Realtor
Camden, DE
Gary, in one of my saddest days I came across this, it made me forget and think that my problems  are way insignificant compare with what 4000 people (parents ,wife's, children grandparents ,uncles.etc...) had to go through 
Mar 27, 2008 03:50 PM #19
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

Gary:  This is an outstanding post.  Last night on Celebrity Apprentice, (yes, Celebrity Apprentice)!  one of the charities they were raising money for was to help wounded soldiers.  One soldier who had lost both legs was ready to go back for another tour.  He said he had some unfinished business!  Amazing courage and if this doesn't humble a person and make pride in our military men and women swell to the point we could burst, then nothing will.   God Bless Our Troops.


Mar 28, 2008 02:00 AM #20
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Christina: Wow, you raised a hero!!

Gary: They all deserve our salute.

Trey: You point out the sacrifice. That is something we all should remember.

Patricia: Absolutely true.

Mariana: I hope your sadness is not prolonged. Yes, the 4,000 families have a missing loved one, which will affect them their whole lives.

Donna: Thanks for sharing what you saw on Celebrity Apprentice and the ribbon!!

Mar 28, 2008 10:07 AM #21
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

I want no more to die. I want no more to be injured. I want...

The soldiers, past and present, make it possible for me to want...they serve honorably because they serve. Too many are injured, both soldier and civilian. I want peace! I don't want it to be some Disney film but a reality... flowers in guns are a shock to the general senses because it does not seem to make rational sense to oppose, or stop, violence in such a manner. I support our troops! They do their job to perfection. I do not support the war in Iraq.

Mar 28, 2008 04:51 PM #22
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