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Only those who have lived it really understand the realities of war

I have just returned from a volunteer shift at the USO of NC at RDU, and am sitting down to ponder what to write about this week.

I have spent the last few weeks helping to plan an upcoming Understanding PTSD Symposium at our church, hosted by our Military Family Support Group.

Yesterday, someone asked me if I had seen American Sniper. I told them “No, I don’t like those kinds of movies. I don’t really want to know what my son went through during his deployment.”

You see, I am an Army brat (daughter of a career Army man) and the mom of an Army infantry veteran. I understand the military better than most Americans. Only one percent of Americans join the military, so while amongst other military families, we get it, but out in the general population, I understand it better than most.

This morning I read a couple of blogs about American Sniper that my friends had posted on Facebook. I thought, rather than write my own I would share their perspective. Afterall, I have yet to see the movie.

This first one is from a spouses view.
It offers a little more insight into the lives of military families. One thing it does say is that, even though this movie tries hard to capture the hearts of a military family, you really have to have lived it to understand it.
http://spousebuzz.com/blog/2015/01/american-sniper-looks-like-families-warriors.html

This one is from a Social Studies teacher, a civilian. I don’t say that in a bad way, just to express that she has no actual military family experience. She offers some wonderful insight…
http://haleandheartywords.com/2015/01/20/why-i-almost-walked-out-of-american-sniper/

Both of these blogs suggest seeing the movie. They say it is wonderful, while also being horrifying and realistic. I don’t want to see it. I didn’t want to see Saving Private Ryan. I did watch it, once, because everybody should. I didn’t see Restrepo. It came out during my son’s deployment. He told me not to watch it until he got back to the states. I have never watched it…. I don’t want to know.

I imagine I will see American Sniper, when it comes out on DVD, in the privacy of my own home. Like, Saving Private Ryan, it sounds like a movie everybody should see. I believe I will be a blubbering mess by the time it’s over, and probably won’t sleep well that night. I am Army Strong and I don’t like to cry, besides crying gives me a headache.

As a military family member and volunteer with military organizations, I know the realities of war, and yet I don’t because I’ve not been in a war. Only those who have lived it really understand the realities of war.

A huge heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all of our military, veterans, and their families.
God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. HOOAH!

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, with a passion for assisting Military Families.*

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