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April 03, 2008

What We Owe

Every now and then as we go about our busy lives, it's good to take a moment to stop and consider what we owe to the amazing men and women of our armed forces. It is easy to get caught up in our petty problems, to begin to think the myriad small hassles we face on a daily basis are, in some way, important. That is, until you see a story like this and you are reminded of what really matters, and how we could lose it all in an instant:

Via the lovely and talented MaryAnn (about whom you can learn more here).

Also, you may wish to ponder the importance of family ties:

The Hill brothers grew up in Springfield, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. They were raised by their mother, Linda, until one after the other graduated from West Springfield High School every two years starting in 2001.

“Our mom was okay with all of us deployed,” said Josh. “I respect her strength, because it’s not easy sending one kid to war, let alone three kids.”

Robert added, “All three of us being over here is very difficult on her. Everything she has lived for in the past twenty-four years is over here.”

Growing up, each brother was two years older than the other to the month. Josh was always the mentor to his younger brothers.

“Josh was an influence, but he did it by picking on us,” said Bryan.

“It wasn’t picking on; it was conditioning them to be better men,” said Josh in response to the comment.

Josh joined the Army after graduating from East Carolina University in 2005. Robert, 22, joined the Marine Corps Reserve after starting on work and family. Bryan, the youngest at 20, joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school.

According to Robert and Bryan, Josh was a huge influence in their decision to serve their country.

“Josh influenced me in a way to push me into wanting to join the military,” said Robert. “He paved the way for me and my brother.”

Although the two younger brothers didn’t join the same service, Josh said he has a sense of pride when thinking of his brothers.

“It made sense why they joined the Marines; it’s because they wanted to do their own thing instead of do exactly what I did,” said Josh.

“It was nice just seeing them grow up and see them accomplish things so major,” Josh added.

You think you have worries? Say a few prayers for Linda tonight.

And perhaps a few prayers of gratitude. We are luckier than we have any right to be.

Via Carrie

Posted by Cassandra at April 3, 2008 07:41 AM

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Linda sounds like one helluva mom...those boys learned courage from someone, now didn't they?

Posted by: Carrie at April 3, 2008 12:15 PM

She sounds like my MIL. My husband is one of three boys - the oldest - all of whom are active duty Army. Two are aviation and one is SF. All three have been deployed to the Middle East, thankfully all separately.

Like I've told Carrie, it was hard enough sending my husband to Iraq. I cannot imagine sending my son. Let alone all three of them.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at April 3, 2008 10:49 PM

Tried to view it; I got a "Sorry, this video is no longer available" message...

Posted by: camojack at April 4, 2008 03:31 AM