My brother surprised us all in the month directly following 9/11 when he announced that he was joining the army as a medic. Growing up we were geographically removed from our grandparents who served in the military and military service wasn’t the norm in our circle of friends and family who were close to us. I didn’t understand at first, but when he explained to me how he was moved by the events of our present time it did make sense.
I only know about his experiences from his blogging at www.traintoiraq.com, which is a blend of vivid observations of his surroundings and humorous experiences with his fellow medics. I always find myself trying to read between the lines. Was he scared? Is he ok? Was it all worth it?
Now I find myself in Texas and living with my life partner who is an emergency responder, volunteer fire fighter, and licensed peace officer. When the tones drop he is up in a flash and ready to help whomever is in need that moment.
My Why is that while I am not the person you’d call in an emergency situation, I can give back to those like my brother and my life partner and my community in other ways – I am proud to volunteer at our local fire department for community functions and fundraising events with the skills I do have and I am honored to have been invited to contribute at Warriors Heart, as it another way that my skills can help those who serve and have served us and our country.