How well do we support our troops? On this Fourth of July I am hearing over and over how much we appreciate our troops, how thankful we are for all they do to keep us safe and free.
But what are we really doing, other than saying these things?
I have to say that I love hearing the stories about rows of Americans lining up at airports across the country to greet the men and women who return from a long stay in a foreign country, giving them a 'Hero's Welcome'. But what happens when these brave men and women enter the thresh hold to their private lives? Are we there for them? Are we checking in on them to just see how they are. Are our local businesses ofering them good jobs? Are we as a community making sure that when they come home they are taken care of emotionally? Can we make sure they are not suicidal or homeless and that they REALLY know we appreciate and respect them?
What about the families who are home alone while their loved one is off fighting for us? Have we called to see if they need their lawn mowed, or a night off from the kids to go out with friends and laugh for an evening to stop the heartache for one night? Do we even know who in our community is gone?
This Fourth of July maybe we need to get in sync with our words and match our actions with them. Maybe more of us need to say 'I appreciate what you have done for our country, or are doing, and how can I help you in return?' With hundreds of thousands of men and women off fighting for us in multiple countries, there has to be families in every single community across the country who need more than a thank you.
Let's join together and REALLY support our troops. Who knows, maybe we can make a friend for life.
Jerri McCombs, Advanced Virtual Assistant
828/553-5190 or info@JerriMcCombs.com