When a Soldier Comes Home....

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard....

...to listen to his son whine about being bored.

....to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.

...to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night's sleep.

...to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.

... to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.

..to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they're afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.

..to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.  

..to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.  

... to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.

..to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.  

..to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.  

..to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.  

The only thing harder than being a Soldier..   Is loving one.

A gentle reminder to keep your life in perspective.

And when you meet one of our returning Soldiers,

Please remember what they've been through and show them

COMPASSION and TOLERANCE. Thank you.

Cpt Alison L. Crane, RN. MS

Mental Health Nurse Observer – Trainer

7302 nd Medical Training Support Battalion