Women In The Military
BY TALEATHA JOHN-JULES
I was deployed to Kuwait in 2004. I started recieving these care packages from different families and at first I thought they dont even know me why are they doing this. But when I read their words of encouragment I was touched to see that they were so into me and not just the war thing. They would ask me how was my day, what my favourite kind of music and how my family was. I kept in contact through email and letters. To this day I have some of the letters that were sent to me. I sometimes look at them and appreciate the love and support that they have given and shown me.
This experience changed me in that some people care to know and find out who the person is form within and not only becuase of what they wear or how they look. Now I dont judge people, I dont make rude comments or stare at those that are less fortunate than I am. I appreciate what I have and where I am in life and I listen to thos e who wants to share their problems with me. I am more a people person and enjoy having a decent conversation with anyone who is willing. I am more appreciative now more than ever.
My story exemplify the power of connectedness in that I was able to get close to people just through email. People that I have never met and pople who wanted to get to know me just becuase I was a soldier in the U.S Army. I connected with people who said they loved me and didnt even know me. that touched me in a way that I cant explain and to this day when I think about it I cry. It gave me encouragment in that they didnt have to write to me but they did so almostevery week and that allowed me to bond with people who did know what I looked like, my race or my skin color but they wrote to me and I wrote back.
Others can benefit in that even when someone is put into a certain situation its not always their fault. Most times a helping hand can do alot. I was depressed and angry at so many things but wen I saw the letters and the care packages sent to me from people who didnt know me it touched my heart and i think that it takes alot to change the world but one simple thing can touch anyone's heart.