Who Is Your Hero?

July 3, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Family, Life, Thoughts | 19 Comments
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Editor’s Note: I wanted to share with you guys the guest post I did for EP over at Stylish Handwriting. If you are not reading her, you should! She is one of my favorite 20somethings! Happy Fourth!


It’s official. And it is not good. I have hit another anniversary that I never wanted to celebrate.

I realized today that this will be the fifth Fourth of July holiday that I will have someone I love in the sands of Iraq or Afghanistan. Five years of men who I love, who I care about, and who I will worry about in the desert. They are in battle situations, on hazardous roads, and surviving miles away from their loved ones. They are hot, tired, homesick, and trying to do a job most Americans do not understand and most don’t agree with.

It all began with my Hubby, my man, my soulmate. He left on the day I graduated for college in May of ’03 and did not return until August of ’05. He was gone for two Fourth of July Holidays, two very lonely, very difficult holidays.  While he was there, he was part of a Military Police Battalion. They were the guys who did the security, the daily escorts on the “road of death” airport road, the prisoner guarding and exchanging. He kicked down his share of doors, went on patrols with over fifty lbs. of gear on his back, survived countless mortar attacks, and did it all in 120+ heat. My Hubby is my hero.

The next two years saw my cousin and my uncle also in the sands of the desert. Both are engineers, one was in Iraq, one was in Afghanistan. They are husbands to my aunt and my cousin on my Mom’s side. They are my family. They built roads and schools. They tried to provide a better life for the people of the Middle East. They trained others to rebuild their countries. They played a pivotal role in not only rebuilding structures, but in rebuilding hope. My cousin left two children under five and his High School sweetheart. My uncle left grandchildren, a full time working farm, and my aunt, to whom he had only been married to a short time. My cousin and my uncle are my heroes.

Now, this year, one of my best friends from High School is sitting in the deserts of Northern Baghdad, and he is as happy as he can be to be there. He is a helicopter pilot who has trained, prepared, and planned for this deployment for years. He is the soldier who still believes in the mission. He believes there is a better way for the people of Iraq. He believes in the cause. He is willing to fight and to die for it. My only solace is that he spends most of his time off of the ground and away from the roadside bombs. Now, all I have to worry about is Rocket Propelled Grenades and missile launchers. My friend is my hero.

I don’t tell you all of these things to bring attention to a cause I believe in. If you know me, you know different. I don’t tell you these things to bring attention to the friends and family who have sacrificed greatly. They would not want me to. I tell you these things so that you remember that amongst the fireworks, the BBQs,  and the day off from work there is a sacrifice being made by someone, somewhere, so that you can be free. Take a moment to think about them and their families and the sacrifices they and others like them are making and have made . . . for you.

My Hubby



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  1. Great Post Tipp. 🙂

  2. As a proud Marine Corps wife whose husband is currently in Iraq for the fourth time, I thank you for this post. It is so important on a day like today, and tomorrow, and all the ones to come, to remember our loved ones defending us… our freedom. Thanks for this, Amie

  3. Thanks for sharing, Tipp. I think it’s so important to remember that the 4th isn’t just about beer and hot dogs!

  4. you said it so perfectly i had you guest blog on my blog!

  5. Well said my dear. Very good post! And thanks for reminding us all what the Fourth of July really means.

  6. What a great post! Many thanks to “Mr. Tipp” and all of our other heroes!

  7. that was a really great post… awesome job as usual….

  8. love this post 🙂

  9. I cannot imagine all you’ve been through as you’ve watched your loved ones go to fight this war. All I can say is you are one strong woman for making it this far still smiling!

  10. I’m always thinking about the troops over seas and am so thankful for what they do for our country and the world.

  11. First off, you’re really sweet for posting for me on the Fourth.

    Secondly, this post is AWESOME and eye opening. Seriously. I cannot imagine what you have been through, but I know you’re stronger for it. I am constantly reminded of the troops overseas by where I live, and whenever I think of them, I think about you and your husband and now, your other family members.

    I hope you had a great Fourth!

  12. Great post, what a cutie.

    That is a whole lot of worry over the last few years.

  13. Really great post, makes me very grateful and sorry for those who have loved ones out there. Hope you had a lovely weekend.

  14. Great post! My brother in law served in Afghanistan once and Iraq twice. His wife waited at home. I know I am not nearly as brave as they amazing men.

  15. I loved your post! It’s great! I don’t know anyone there right now, but I do appreciate everything those that are over there are doing for us and for our country. Thanks for the post!

  16. This was a fantastic post 🙂

  17. what a great post tipp. my cousin is still in iraq too, and i’m pretty sure i’ve known someone there the past 5 years as well. it’s a tough fact and hopefully it won’t go on another 5. we can only pray.

  18. From a perfect stranger…

    Thank you. As an American my family and I appreciate not only the soldiers but the wives, families, children, and friends who give their thoughts, prayers, and (especially) loved ones to the greater good … so that we can feel safe at night. I feel honored that you give so freely.

    I cannot thank you enough.

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