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Program good way to humanize soldiers

Nov. 18, 2005


Every day, someone thousands of miles from here puts his or her life in danger.

Life in the military is a hard reality, especially for people our age.

As of Tuesday, at least 2,071 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

For weeks on end, these steadfast men and women put their necks on the line to carve out a fresh opportunity for freedom for people who have never been given that chance.

Even if you don't support the war effort, it's important to support the soldiers overseas.

Ben Humeniuk | Lariat staff
They need our compassion, even from those who may disagree with the effort of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On Thursday, student government members launched Baylor Adopts, which will pair Baylor organizations and students with Fort Hood soldiers.

Through letters, e-mails and care packages, students have the opportunity to build bridges with soldiers.

Adopting a soldier is a chance for students to share their experiences with people in the Middle East and bring the war a little closer to home.

Soldiers overseas deal with a multitude of problems, including life-threatening danger and stifling heat.

Being separated from family and friends can also damage soldiers in ways that most people don't realize. It can lead to depression, lack of motivation, deviance and even suicide.

These soldiers will one day return and become a part of society again.

Their communities should support them warmly, so the soldiers resent lack of support for a war some people didn't agree with for the rest of their lives.

Reaching out to these soldiers now is a great way to boost their morale and to let them know someone is supporting them as they endure tough times.

Wouldn't it be nice to put a face to that soldier so that he or she is a name and a friend with a specific location and life, instead of just someone, somewhere thousands of miles away?

And wouldn't it also be nice for soldiers to put faces and names to the anonymous citizens they're fighting for?