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  1. 1. War may be hell… but home ain’t exactly heaven, either. When a Soldier comes home fromWhen a Soldier comes home from war, they find it hardwar, they find it hard……
  2. 2. ……to listen to his son whine about being listen to his son whine about being bored.
  3. 3. ……to keep a straight face whento keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.people complain about potholes.
  4. 4. ……to be tolerant of people who complainto be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.about the hassle of getting ready for work.
  5. 5. ……to be understanding when a coto be understanding when a co--workerworker complains about a bad nightcomplains about a bad night’’s sleeps sleep.
  6. 6. ……to control his panic when his wifeto control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.tells him he needs to drive slower.
  7. 7. ……to be grateful that he fightsto be grateful that he fights for the freedom of speech.for the freedom of speech.
  8. 8. ……to be silent when people prayto be silent when people pray to God for a new God for a new car.
  9. 9. ……to be compassionateto be compassionate when a businessmanwhen a businessman expresses a fear of flying.expresses a fear of flying.
  10. 10. ……to not laugh when anxiousto not laugh when anxious parents say theyparents say they’’re afraid to sendre afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.their kids off to summer camp.
  11. 11. ……to not ridicule someoneto not ridicule someone who complains about hot weather.who complains about hot weather.
  12. 12. ……to control his rage when ato control his rage when a colleague gripes about hiscolleague gripes about his coffee being being cold.
  13. 13. ……to remain calm when histo remain calm when his daughter complains about havingdaughter complains about having to walk the walk the dog.
  14. 14. ……to be civil to peopleto be civil to people who complain aboutwho complain about their jobs.their jobs.
  15. 15. ……to just walk away whento just walk away when someone says they only getsomeone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.two weeks of vacation a year.
  16. 16. ……to be happy for ato be happy for a friendfriend’’s new hot tubs new hot tub
  17. 17. ……to be forgiving when someoneto be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to havesays how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.a new baby in the house.
  18. 18. ……to not punch a wallto not punch a wall when someone sayswhen someone says we should pull outwe should pull out immediately.immediately.
  19. 19. The only thing harder thanThe only thing harder than being a Soldierbeing a Soldier…… By: Danielle “A Proud Army Wife”
  20. 20. is loving oneis loving one.
  21. 21. A gentle reminder toA gentle reminder to keep your life in perspective.keep your life in perspective. And when you meet one of ourAnd when you meet one of our returning Soldiers,returning Soldiers, please remember what they have beenplease remember what they have been through and show themthrough and show them compassion and tolerancecompassion and tolerance.. Thank you. CPT Alison L. Crane, RN, MS Mental Health Nurse Observer-Trainer 7302nd Medical Training Support Battalion