Today I share a new post and one I wrote in 2010 about Guide Dogs who bid farewell to U.S. Troops. After 9/11/2001, I welcomed troops on a regular basis and took many photos while I greeted the Troops. One day, I stopped and I don't recall if visitors weren't allowed or not. Earlier this morning I saw a Wounded Warrior Commercial on T.V. My hearts aches for so many who were wounded. Either I'm getting older, or these soldiers are a lot younger than I remember.
Veterans of Foreign Wars have always meant a lot to me. I even have my Military Relocation Program designation and I am a long standing member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary. During the Vietnam War I wrote aerograms to soldiers to keep their spirits up and ended up marrying one. He was buried long ago.
When my nephews went off to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, I sent care packages.
Let us never forget their services or the dogs who provided service, so desperately needed. Or the soldiers who came home but never formerly honored and struggled to fit back into society. Or the ones who suffered before there was a name like PTSD. Or the ones who suffer from PTSD now. Or the ones who didn't live long enough to see their children grow up to become teenagers or adults (like mine). Or the children who had a parent who served in war and were angry because their parent who served never lived long enough to see them graduate or get married. RIP Gerald Feager (wearing helmet).
photo I received from him when stationed in Vietnam in 1970. He was my husband and father of my children.
Guide Dogs Bid Farwell to U.S. Troops Deployed to Afghanistan
I bid farewell to the troops at DFW Airport this morning and here's a row of Guide Dogs (all pup's in training) that went to send them off safely. The pups really helped put on a nice smile on the Soldiers faces!
The dogs all looked pretty lethargic until the troops passed through.
I LOVE WELCOMING AND SAYING FAREWELL TO OUR TROOPS!