I’ve blogged several times about the bond that combatants feel for one another. On 11 September, I read an op-ed in the New York Times that captured my feelings. The author was Joe Quinn who lost a brother during the terrorist assault on 9/11. Joe knows combat. He lived through it. The words that moved me were these:
“I learned that I love soldiers. Nothing builds bonds more than living with a group of people in a war zone, getting shot at, not showering for months, roasting our own excrement in burn pits, cracking inappropriate jokes and serving something greater than ourselves.
“I also learned how that love turns to heartache when one of those soldiers gets killed, and you pack his gear up in duffel bags to be shipped home to his wife and unborn child. I learned that another family’s losing a brother doesn’t bring my brother back.”
The op-ed is: Joe Quinn, “The Real Lesson of Sept. 11” 10 Sep 2018, New York Times. You can read it at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/opinion/911-lessons-veteran.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20180911&nl=opinion-today&nlid=79098398edit_ty_20180911&ref=img&te=1