Every day, we as Americans take our freedom for granted. It’s so easy to forget the high price that was paid, and continues to be paid by our faithful men and women of service. When I saw the following footage, I couldn’t help but cry. If you live in America, you NEED to see this.
To give them the honor and respect our American heroes deserve, a veteran named Casey created a tumblr to raise awareness of the unsung struggles soldiers face during and after combat. Casey is the 6-year army vet behind JustWarThings. The popular website has shocked our generation and reminded young people of the true cost of freedom.
Sadly, we live in a world that stomps on Old Glory and consistently fails to honor and respect our troops. But below are 28 reminders of reasons to be thankful. These juxtaposed memes are via JustWarThings and celebrate everyday pleasures back home with memories from past battles. Number 16 gave me chills. This is sure to move you to tears.
(NOTE: Some of the images below depict military trauma and may be graphic.)
Wyatt McCain looks upon his father’s grave at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington Cemetery. His dad, Army SFC Johnathan McCain, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in November 2011. He is 8.
3rd SF Group member wearing chucks during deployment.
A US Marine with a heavy pack walks along, these packs are known to weigh hundreds of pounds.
May 1st – the day elite US Warriors brought justice to Osama Bin Ladin.
Flight Medic Jaime Adame treats Cpl. Andrew Smith during a Medevac in Afghanistan. Photo Credit: Kevin Frayer / AP
A soldier in the Vietnamese War counts down the days left in his deployment until he can go home.
US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz (23), gives vent to his grief as he learns that the body bag at his feet contains the remains of his friend Andy Alaniz. ‘Friendly fire’ claimed Alaniz’s life and injured Kozakiewicz. Iraq – 1991
British Army Private Ciaran Phelan escapes blindness and death thanks to his ballistic eye protection in Afghanistan
Navy Seals paddle out during training.
A military working dog keeps a watch over his sleeping handler at an airport.
Wreaths lay against headstones in a Veterans cemetery.
Merlin German, a Marine who suffered burns on 97% of his body after being hit with a roadside bomb, he died at 22 during surgery.
Baghdad, 2004. Trauma Surgeons perform CPR on a casualty in route to surgery.
US Marine Forward Observers call in Artillery strikes during the campaign in the Pacific
7th Cav tanker burned and lost his arm.
Marine Pfc. Eric Aaron Ayon tries to drive a disabled Humvee that was attacked in a coordinated ambush in Ramadi, Iraq, on April 6, 2004.
May God bless our faithful troops and their praying families. May we never forget to pray for our brave men and women of service. May we never forget all that they’ve sacrificed for our freedom. Because freedom is very costly. Please share to remind others to remember and pray for our troops. God Bless America!