During my 30-year career in the U.S Army, I had the honor of serving in Afghanistan for several tours. I feel the pain of loss as I reflect on those three deployments.
After my first deployments to Afghanistan, I regretted not having done anything directly and personally to help ameliorate the suffering of the Afghan people. I promised God that should I deploy again, I would find a way to help orphans, the most vulnerable in the nation. 数ヶ月後, my NATO unit was ordered into アフガニスタン, where I would lead a unit comprised of about 80 men and women from 18 different nations.
Within a few weeks of taking command of this organization, I spoke with an Afghan interpreter to see if there was an orphanage we could help. He told me about one not far away that had considerable needs. The plumbing was nonexistent, the windows were knocked out, そしてその 150 children there had very little to live on.
I briefed my multinational force on my desire to help these children and that I welcomed their support in any capacity (which would be voluntary). The support from these fellow soldiers was overwhelming. We all wrote home asking for clothing, 毛布, 食物, toys and toiletries to bring some relief to the kids. Within weeks, pallets of items streamed in. 合計で, we were able to conduct seven relief missions that brought much joy and hope to these wonderful children.
In meeting these kids, I was inspired that the next generation of Afghans would grow up in a free and stable nation without the constant threat of war and bloodshed.