"Supporting our troops"- What does this really mean?

  1. I see signs in store windows, bumber stickers, etc., proclaming support for our troops. What does this really mean?

    That people are thinking about them? That people have good thoughts about them?
    That they are actually doing something for the troops and their families, such as donating money, writing to soldiers, volunteering for military and or/veteran's organizations?

    What does "supporting the troops" really mean?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   sandypinktruck
    I pray for the military, both here and overseas, plus I send emails and packages
  4. by   warrior woman
    To me it means different things to different people. After all, no two people are alike, and we all have different ideas as to what "support" really means.
  5. by   hypnotic_nurse
    I grew up during the Vietnam war. Those troops were not "supported"...they were often castigated by much of their peer group for having served their country, even though it may not have been a free choice, since the draft was in effect then.

    Perhaps "supporting the troops" means validating their effort for our country regardless of the politics involved.
  6. by   jnette
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    I grew up during the Vietnam war. Those troops were not "supported"...they were often castigated by much of their peer group for having served their country, even though it may not have been a free choice, since the draft was in effect then.

    Perhaps "supporting the troops" means validating their effort for our country regardless of the politics involved.
    Very nicely put. Thank you. I can agree with this.
  7. by   nurseygrrl
    hypnoticnurse~

    I agree with your last sentence as well. That's exactly what supporting our troops means to me.
  8. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    ....

    Perhaps "supporting the troops" means validating their effort for our country regardless of the politics involved.
    Perfect answer.
  9. by   kitty29
    Quote from Dixiedi
    Perfect answer.

    I agree politics and supporting those sacraficing for our freedom & the freedom of others are sepparate things.

    You support first through you heart, you realize that people who serve and their families give so much. Watch what you say, be there! If you work with parents or with people who are serving be a listener. Act: ask if it's OK that you send a care package....we have organized and send packages to the son's & daughters of our co-workers, and to one of our co-workers who is also serving.

    Right now one of the ladies I work with is so very worried about her son...he just survived another close call and this is his second tour (he went to lead when is best buddy was killed). I can never really put myself in her shoes, but I can be supportive and give her a hug when I see her, and ask about her son.

    It isn't rocket science....
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    For me, it means supporting all of them, including my ex, even though he broke my heart, i'm still worried sick ever since i heard a week ago that, yes, he's getting deployed this month, only he's now going to Iraq instead of Kuwait.

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