From a forwarded anonymous bulk email:
When a soldier comes home, he/she finds it hard to......
...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 be silent when people pray to God for a new car.
...to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.
...to be grateful that he fights for the freedom of speech.
...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 happy for a friend's new hot tub.
...to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.
....not to punch a wall when someone says we should pull out immediately
The only thing harder than being a Soldier...
is loving one.