Vanessa lived Vietnam and the wars in the Middle East from the perspective of friend or family. She supports veterans' charities.
Army Ranger Suicide Before 9th Deployment To Iraq/Afghanistan
This poem is written to honor our soldiers. Because of their sacrifice, we get to live another day in relative safety. It is dedicated to them with love.
The desert sands are like the
Sun’s fire beneath my feet.
My lips are as dry and delicate
As rice paper. I walk slowly,
My eyes search for the enemy
While my soul prays that I find none.
I long for my lady at home,
But my wartime lover
Is cradled in my arms.
She is a beauty, cold as steel,
Faster than stars falling from the skies,
My semi-automatic love.
I hold her close to me
With gratitude. I call her
Mary, for like the mother of God
I look to her to keep me safe.
In the corner of my eye
I see a movement
Undefined, too late for Mary to
Protect me, I hear the fireworks.
A robot boy, too young to die, too young to
Kill, barely a man, cross-wired
For an unrighteous cause
Has given his life in an effort to take mine.
In an instant, it is the fourth of July.
I am home in my real lover’s arms.
The pain grows from my gut
In my heart, and in my soul, I whisper,
“I love you,” then
“Be safe,” and then
I see her tears attempt
To quench the thirst in my soul,
And my world fades to black….
Another Poem for Our Soldiers
I was going through my files today and I found another poem that I wrote with our soldiers in mind. I decided to add it to the end of this hub. I hope you enjoy it. I also hope everybody gets it!
Not Just a Number
He’s not just a number.
He’s a man.
He’s very real.
He is a soldier
Defending this land.
He just might lose
Or a hand,
Or his life.
Someone else caused this strife.
But it doesn’t matter.
He is a soldier.
He is a hero.
He is a man.
He needs, he feels,
We should remember that
He is not just a number.
Witness to War Interview with Colonel James H. Benson
Stories from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, from Two Combat Veterans
VA History and Failures CNBC
Support our Troops
Attached there are several links that will bring you to organizations that offer support to our troops. Please feel free to browse them or add a few of your own.
Remember, they are gone, but they should never be forgotten.
- MILITARY PEN PAL
- Support Our Troops - An index of US Military Support Web Sites
Support Our Troops - An index of US Military Support Web Sites
- At War: Notes From the Front Lines - At War Blog - NYTimes.com
Notes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas of conflict in the post-9/11 era.
- How to Write Letters to Soldiers in Iraq | eHow.com
How to Write Letters to Soldiers in Iraq. Soldiers in Iraq have little contact with their friends and family members back home. Because of this, a nice letter can touch the heart and brighten the day of a weary military man or woman....
- How to Mail Packages To Soldiers In Afghanistan And Iraq | eHow.com
How to Mail Packages To Soldiers In Afghanistan And Iraq. Soldiers stationed overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq sacrifice much for their country. Our troops serving for the United States in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, are heroes and need to
Vanessa Kristovich (author) from Vineland,NJ on July 06, 2010:
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