Category Archives: For The Troops

God Bless Our Troops – Links to Help

Photo by Yaronczyk “Y2K”

USO

Military.com – Support Our Troops

Wounded Warrior Project

How to get books and other needed items to our troops

www.soldiersangels.org 

www.operationpaperback.org

www.booksforsoldiers.com

www.ebooksfortroops.org

Learn more, read  

Books I have read and can recommend –

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War, by David Bellavia with John R. Bruning

The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier’s Account of the War in Iraq, by John Crawford

Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford

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God Bless Our Troops – A Poem for Kristi

The Trade

Inspired by A1C Kristi P-L, USAF

By Karen S. Elliott, 2009

She packed up her comfy jeans and lying-around T-shirts,

She shrugs into a heavy canvas uniform, now her second skin.

Boxed up her peep-toe high heels and sandals and stacked them away,

Now all she’s got are dusty high-top boots with heavy tread.

No delicate black eyeliner around lovely hazel eyes,

Just smudges of purple, her badges of fatigue.

No long showers here, nope,

Just unshaved legs so she looks like the rest of the troop.

Forget salon haircuts with mousse or gel,

In marches a permanent helmet-head hairdo.

She strains to remember how lovely that last manicure felt,

Handling weapons with broken, scraggy fingernails, unpolished and blunt.

Velvety cosmetic powder abandoned at home,

She wears the Iraqi desert upon her face.

Late night chat-fest nights with friends of her choosing, no more,

Now, it’s early morning wake-up and drill.

No delicate sparkling pendants around her neck,

Just a dull metal chain with tags that identify her blood type.

While mother’s comforting shoulder and soothing touch wait at home,

She learns combat strategies and how to react to roadside bombs.

Instead of cradling a tiny baby,

She shrugs into a burdened flak jacket that hides her girlish figure.

She rolls out with a loaded M4 and a 9mm Beretta.

Kristi, front (kneeling)

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God Bless Our Troops – Thank the Lairds

Friends Ashley, Rick, Rebecca, and Maria

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Fun Video!

Fun, inspirational video of “Call Me Maybe” (Carly Rae Jepsen) performed by U.S. Army Infantry Soldiers in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Directed, filmed, and edited by the troops as a morale boost for our soldiers.

Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8EjLbVmXIqg

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God Bless Our Troops

Adam, Karoline, and Wil

For Karoline

by Karen S. Elliott, 2009

We didn’t know each other

A year ago or more.

We were just two single mothers

Til deployments hit our core.

Our sons are in the Air Force

And have been shipped off to Iraq.

We suffer through the sorrow,

Praying they will soon be back.

We sacrifice and stifle sobs,

Occasionally we weep;

We’re moms, it is our job,

Stiff upper lip – our creed.

M-4s and 9 mil handguns,

the launching of grenades;

Armor replaces balls and bats

and backyard lemonade.

And now we know each other,

Entwined we have become.

Our sons, they live like brothers,

As mothers, we’re as one.

Adam and Kenton in Iraq

Adam in Iraq

Kenton in Iraq

Homecoming

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