In the military we have a saying, “Not goodbye, see you later.” So much more so when we are at war.
There are so many friends we make and so many moves as part of the lifestyle. Then, all of a sudden you see someone you hadn’t for a while in a new unit in a new place. You simply can’t say a forever goodbye to so many great friends. We hope to see each other again.
But we also are still at war!! I know, Shocker!! Despite what you might or might not hear reported in the news we are still sending our Soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan and some are still comming back in flag draped caskets. I have stood next to too many.
This week we sent a group to one of these places and it was HARD! Only when I was in the moment did I realize that I hadn’t actually been at a send off since I got back myself.
I was unprepared for the emotions I felt watching wives kiss their husbands, and dad’s hug their kids before getting into vans to head to a holding area then departing for their flight. I was not leaving, not kissing anyone goodbye, and yet felt nauseous.
I went with the group to the holding area and had a few departing words for them. We prayed (you know the saying – no atheists in foxholes). They were off to one of the least hospitable places in earth. I went home to my family and had a late dinner.
I will see you later. Be safe my brothers.