What small things might we do to show our gratitude and concern for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan?
There are no great things, only small things with great love.
Last week I posted a quasi aggregate of the week’s Generation X news and blog posts (tag: Blue Plate Specials.) In case you missed it, I introduced a new blog, Gen X in Iraq. This is a brand new blog written by a Navy Reservist who is headed to Iraq. I heard from him last night. He reports that he is one of 300 Navy reservists being sent through Army training to fill combat support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan!
Please consider adding this blogger to your blog roll. If you don’t have a blog, add him to your favorites. I have asked him how we might support him as a community. Certainly, we can include him in our prayers.
As I reported last week, the average age of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq is 30. In World War II it was 26 and in Vietnam, 19. There are many different sources for this information. Some say 27 (twenty-seven in 2008 is the cutoff for Generation X) and others say 29. Any way you slice it, the most definitive sources clearly put the average age of everyone serving in Iraq at 30.
It appears that Generation X finally got its war. Sociologists, historians and a variety of commentators have long pointed to Gen X’s lack of a defining moment. They said we had no World War, no Vietnam to help shape our collective persona. What will they say now?