The difference

The difference between him and them.

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They stay up for 16 hours
He stays up for days on end.
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They take a warm shower to help them wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.
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They complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.
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They put on their anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with their friends.
He still fights for their right to wear that shirt.
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They make sure their cell phone is in their pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
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They talk trash about their “buddies” when they aren’t around.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
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They walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
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They complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.
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They go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got their order wrong.
He doesn’t get to eat today.
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Their mom makes their bed and washes their clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.
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They go to the mall and get their hair done.
He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.
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They are angry because their class ran 5 minutes over.
He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
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They call their lovers and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
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They hug and kiss their lovers, like they do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.
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They roll their eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet
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They criticize my government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.
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They hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
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They see only what the media wants them to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
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They are asked to go to the store by their parents. They are too busy.
He does exactly what he is told.
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They stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.
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They crawl into their soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gunfire.
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They sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him.
If only there were more men like him

Land of the FREE BECAUSE of the BRAVE

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