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My Military Men
by Donna Hale Chandler
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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It's so very important to remember and appreciate every single day, our men and women serving in the military. Many are away from loved ones. Many loved ones are waiting and worrying. Their sacrifice is not to be forgotten!


Both my dad and my husband
answered the call from Uncle Sam.
My dad served during WWII,
my husband in Viet Nam.
There was never any question
of whether to go or stay.
If we're to have our freedom.
there'll always be a price to pay.
They each left their happy homes
and all their family and friends.
 Everyone praying every night
their respective wars would quickly end.
My dad served in the Navy.
My husband was Army bound.
Each one completed his duty,
neither of them giving any ground.
My husband left me
with little more than an "I love you."
I'm just standing there alone,
no choice, but try to make due.
The serviceman has the battle.
Those at home just count the days.
They worry, fret and struggle
willing their warrior to be safe.
We try to rally their morale,
cheerful letters everyday,
trying to sound optimistic,
though we seldom feel that way.
So when congratulating the warrior,
remember also, those left behind.
Just acknowledging their contribution
would really be so kind
And, when we rally for the victory
think of those who remained at home.
Just know they suffered too,
often, totally on their own.

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Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 8/8/2012
A serious reminder written in experience and dedication. Your imagery is a reminder of our freedom today and why we are privileged to write of things such as this without being censured..

Thank you Donna

God bless,

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/8/2012
You make some valid points in your tribute through your verse here, Donna. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 6/2/2012
I was married to a man who served for 29 years in hopes of retirement and a good life. Sadly Agent Orange took him away from me. Why I wrote A picture on the Pillow.

Thank you for this lovely tribute

Love and Light
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 2/6/2012
thank you for posting this very important reminder, donna! i come from
a family with a long record of men going off to war-beginning with the
revolutionary war right down to present day- i've two precious young
nephews serving in afghanistan at this moment.
bless you,
Reviewed by John Domino 10/16/2011
Super Donna! Loved the poem about the military. Spent 24 yrs. in the USAF. Many fond memories but the BEST is yet to come! Amen!
Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 7/30/2011
It's so hard for wives and children who see their men go off to war. And not only men, women too. How much better the world would be without war. Good poem Donna. Thank you for reading my poem.
Reviewed by Z McClure 6/27/2011
A very powerful, heart moving poetic tribute that seems to march before us with a majestic cadence of its own. I was a military man, and I salute your dad and husband's noble service. You remind us of those who remain back at the home front. Very fitting indeed.

Reviewed by Daniel Keith 6/19/2011
A beautiful tribute to our servicemen and your husband and father. May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 6/2/2011
Well written indeed sweet lady...Hugsss
Reviewed by Joy Hale 6/1/2011
What a wonderful tribute to the military men in your life! Thank you for pointing out the people who are left behind at home; as a former military wife, I know first hand how difficult it is to carry on while dad is gone, putting on a brave front while mom has her fears for the future. Your poem touched my heart and made me smile... a great feat for a poet to accomplish! Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 1/19/2011
A touching write, Donna. These brave men and women who gave their lives so willingly ought to be highly commended. The loved ones they leave behind are to be equally commended, for it can't be easy knowing the danger their men/women are in. Both have my respect and prayers.

Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 8/23/2010
Dear Donna, as an old officer I share your respect and love for the duty your family is given. I pray that God bless all who are serving with honor and pride. Your poem is a great tribute to all soldiers, who served and those who are still serving. God Bless you, love Emile
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/16/2010
A wonderful tribute to some very special men and the price they and their loved ones paid.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 8/12/2010
I do not think we as Americans do not support our troops. It is the wars like Nam, and Iraq, we do not support. I say this as a veteran of the Korean war.

GOD BLESS YOU, And our Military.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 8/12/2010
You have shared a wonderful soldiers poem Donna
Our Brothers and Our Sisters are All Very Brave
Many of my family members too served careers
in the services...I regret I didn't join Peace Corps

Many Blessings Under Our Stars & Stripes
Reviewed by Richard King 8/12/2010
Well said Donna and thank you for allowing this poem to grace the pages of the soon to be released, "The Price of Freedom." You and possibly a dozen other contributors from Author's Den were kind enough to allow your works to be used in this very worthwhile project. My thanks to one and all. Dick
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/12/2010
There are more soldiers than those on the battle field. Well done

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/12/2010
Important wise words!
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