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My husband is a crew cheif on the C-17. I know there are a lot of jokes between pilots and crew chiefs, but the mission is still the same.

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So Franck, which part of "Kurkov believes Ukrainian writing is more vibrant than the current Russian literature scene" sounded dismissive to you?

Mark

It is a moving story. Good job. But no less moving than that of the tens of thousands of people who have died at the hands of American soldiers (or bombs), many of them were never taken home.

We can get as romantic and sentimental as we want, but that's not going to change the fact that we have invaded two countries for the wrong reasons.

Abe

I'm an aeromedical evacuation Medic that just arrived at my deployed location. We have a copy of your article emailed in our inbox and just want to say thanks for sharing your experience.

I've been on a few mission where we have both patients and HR, it wasn't easy but it reminded me why I do this job. I do this because of those men and women and their families. My friends and coworkers just hope that we somehow made a difference for a lot of these guys.

Lorelei Walker

No one needed any pictures from the messages above. The pictures evoked in my mind were clear when created by your messages.

Thank you for what you do for all of us - so many of us at home hurry through our daily activities. We don't often think about how it is "paid for" by our military. You sharing your experiences will help us all be more aware of the price that the families and loved ones pay - as well as yourselves.

God bless you all!

John J. Wall

Thanks for your post Simon, it's disheartening to the war drop off the front page while we still have soldiers abroad, worse yet to have it return to the news with greater tragedy.

I've been working with a number of projects over the past couple of years, for anyone interested in making a difference:

You can always send care packages to a soldier thanks to the work of http://www.anysoldier.com/

Reading materials are send to soldiers via:
http://www.operationcomixrelief.org/

For support of soldiers with post traumatic stress syndrome and/or traumatic brain injury:
http://www.homebaseprogram.org/

I have to thank you for your tweet last week about calling a friend, I did the next day and my friend had just been released from being at the hospital in ICU for over 20 days.

Thanks again.

Blake Kuhn

Simon,

I'm so happy you shared this story. I'm a big fan of the work you do. Thank you for being a man of purpose and a man of thought.

I was driving down a 4 lane road (2 lanes on either side) today. A funeral procession was approaching me the opposite way. The traffic on both sides was somewhat light. As it approached I was astonished to discover that no one was stopping to let the 3 dozen or so cars through.

I immediately pulled over with my hazards on and four vehicles buzzed right around me and kept going. As I stopped I noticed two of the four slowed to a stop after realizing what they had done. Now other cars going the opposite direction were stopping too.

Even though we don't know who it was that died or how. The simple fact is that someone lost their life, and there were dozens of people who only have memories left of their loved one. It's such a simple sign of respect to stop and acknowledge this important custom.

I have a cause, that our fellow citizens don't grow callous to the loss of life. When people fail to stop and reflect on how valuable the loss of a life is, then they loose the value in their own. Especially when it was lost while defending the very freedoms we have (at least for the present generation).

What I did today is something I'm not proud of, it's what must be done and it deserves no recognition. Those who refuse to stop are simply missing out on what I gained. A simple reminder to make everyday my masterpiece, to love and to live with no regrets.

John Colbert

My God! That is a moving story. Lest we forget...

Jacqueline

My husband is a crew cheif on the C-17. I know there are a lot of jokes between pilots and crew chiefs, but the mission is still the same.

May God bless you and your family...and the rest of our Military as well.

Tom Davis

I'm loadmaster on the C-17 and i'm sad to say that on my most recent deployment I was averaging about 1-2 HR movements a week. It really puts things in perspective and it never gets easier every time I have to do a ceremony whether it be downrange or at Dover AFB.

Anonymous

Thank you.

Joy Markwart

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I am also a spouse of a C-17 pilot and truly appreciate this! take care!

Sarah Byrum

I am the spouse of a C-17 pilot and I am so grateful for your willingness to share your experience. Thank you and take care.

ARMY VET

Sacrifice and Dedication to duty are two words civilians may never truly understand their depth of meaning, but this story comes close to explaining both of them. The camaraderie shared by those in the military is something I am so glad to have experienced and shared. It "IS" what makes me who I am today and forever will. Seeing the news stories about my fallen brothers rips at my stomach just like a passed family member. God Bless All who fight this war on terror and especially Seal Team 6 and their families.

David

Wow, as someone who comes from a military family and the father of a son who about to join the Royal Marines, I can't help but to feel moved every time I see a see a coffin come home with a British or allied flag draped across it.

And words can't express how grateful and proud I'm am to all those men, women, fathers, sons, daughters, wives and mothers who are prepared to put their lives on the line and make the ultimate sacrifice, so that the rest of us can sleep peacefully at night.

My thoughts and sympathy go out to all the family and friends of the Chinook aircrew and Navy Seals that died recently.

Thank you for sharing this story.

Sara

I could hardly breath while reading this post. It is a reminder of how real war is and how precious life is. His email was so heartfelt and in a sad way, beautiful to read. Thank you for sharing it.

Sorren Galiza

I didn't help my tears to fall.

It made me asked why do we need to end up with wars again?

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