Depending on the Kindness of Soldiers- RED Friday Special Edition

Americans have many reasons to be proud of their warriors and respect them highly. Our troops are feared by their enemies. As Rush Limbaugh said, “The job of the military is to break things and kill people.” But there’s another side to our warriors that is just as honorable and valuable as war fighting skill.

America’s warriors are among the most distinguished in the history of the world in human kindness. Compassion. Protectiveness toward the helpless. Helpfulness above and beyond the call of duty, at home and on assignment. Kindness to the extent that our enemies try to take advantage of it for their own evil purposes. Kindness that has been legendary for generations.

Warriors, we want you to know that Americans – real Americans – thank you for being an example to the world of the best of human nature in the roughest, most dangerous situations on earth. You make us proud to be Americans. You set an example for us to follow. Most of us don’t have your battle skills, but you are heroes and role models in your acts of kindness and compassion too.

Compassion has even become woven into the fabric of the US military as a whole:

“CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — It was a familiar scene as the USS George Washington reached the Philippines this week: the U.S. military rushing to the aid of hundreds of thousands suffering from a natural disaster … U.S. aircraft carriers loaded with equipment, supplies and thousands of troops have shown up early to some of the world’s worst disasters over the past decade, including tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia and a deadly earthquake in Haiti … The massive ships are a potent symbol of U.S. power — and charity. Disaster relief has become a key mission for the United States and a way to exercise the softer side of its military influence overseas.”

Contrary to the media’s vicious libel of American soldiers in Vietnam, the conduct of most American military there was such that it drew this response from a Vietnamese PhD:

Thank you for acknowledging our efforts [Viet Thuc Forum & Readers] to honor the young American soldiers who fought for the freedom of others [in Vietnam] and have shown the ‘humane and compassionate side’ during their ‘tour of duty’. War is not only a conflict justification, but also a situation to test our human values while at the edge of losing them… LuuNguyenDat, PhD” (Emphasis mine) The remark is posted along with many photos of US military personnel aiding and protecting Vietnamese civilians, even at the risk of their own lives.

Warriors, your fellow Americans know your kindness isn’t limited to battlefield scenes, either. Everywhere you have gone, you have left a high-water mark of human conduct.

Sons, daughters, wives, and parents of America’s warriors, this is another reason you should be proud of your warriors. They are an example to the world of good, in fact outstanding, compassion as individuals.

Kindness is Lieutenant Colonel Army Ranger buying two tired, hungry kids a meal when he saw them trying to sell baked goods for their church

Compassion is Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Cheryl Broussard making a connection between a soldier with extra furniture and a family without a bed. And taking personal interest in a Department of the Army civilian employee who developed dementia, getting her the medical care she needed. Sgt. Major Broussard’s comment was, “We’re not just going to abandon her.

On the US Army facebook page, by Mendy Ella:
“Army duty is very very best. They help each every person they take care each every once but I just want to congratulations to all the army. So God bless you forever and so you just be always very very happy in your life with your family and friends”

Protection of allied forces: comments by a French ISAF fighter was stationed with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, copied and translated from an editorial French newspaper…

And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all – always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay.” The article that quoted the French soldier concludes with this statement from the editor: “This group [current US military] is so much better than ‘The Greatest Generation’ at war that WWII vets who really get a close look at how good these kids are stand in absolute awe … This is ‘The Greatest Generation’ of soldiers. They may never be equaled.”

We know we too can count on you, warriors, when we have a disaster at home

“As the scope of [Super Storm Sandy’s] devastation began to unfold, U.S. Army North, based in San Antonio, prepositioned coordinating elements in the most devastated areas to help support local, state and federal response efforts … ‘It is our hope and our feeling that when they see a uniform that they’ll get a sense of calm and confidence that someone is there who wants to help them out,’ said Lt. Col. Michael Brough, COIC team leader, Army North.”

I couldn’t help adding this to close: the quote is from Pinterest, but I had to get the (same) photo elsewhere.

Soldiers look all business, but rescue a lot of abandoned animals. This pup is in safe hands. — It’s a pocket puppy! ‘A small puppy wandered up to U.S. Marines from Alpha Company, in Marjah, Afghanistan. After following the Marines numerous miles, a soft hearted Marine picked the puppy up and carried the puppy in his drop pouch.’ ” My Spanish isn’t very good, but I think the caption reads, “We still have true heroes”. AMEN!