The military lifestyle is no doubt all together different from the civilian way of life. From being a recruit to being deployed to a hostile combat zone environment overseas, our country's military personnel, to include marines, airmen, soldiers, and sailors, go through the toughest of training and skill test requirements. Not only are they being tested on their physical abilities, stamina and endurance, they are also being tested emotionally. You can not fully understand what they go through unless you have walked a mile in their combat boots. Being a family member, friend or perfect stranger of our heroes, it is important to support them even when we don't know what is going on in their lives or if we have no clue what they are talking about when we speak with them.

Unfortunately, this veil of secrecy is oftentimes expected by those who have loved one's who have, or currently are, serving overseas in hostile territory. While this may sometimes be difficult, it is something that many have learned to accept, in whole-hearted sacrifice and willingness to serve something greater than themselves. After all, this desire to serve and sacrifice selflessly of one's own time and desires is a fundamental cornerstone of military life. These selfless military personnel, and their families, have decided to fully embrace this lifestyle and stake a claim as some of our nation's elite.

Supporting our military is more than just about wearing military casual clothing, it is more than putting brig, brite, and bold yellow stickers on your car, and it is more than sending care packages full of food, tactical gear, field supplies or religion specific medallions and ornaments. It is more than having your home decorated in military home décor like military throw rugs, coasters, welcoming mats, and elaborate paintaings. To support our military, you are supporting these service men and women not only as soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors and coasties, but you also are supporting them as people. They are people that have felt a call of duty to their country that they love and cherish whole heartedly.

They are people that are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice if need be. They are compassionate, dedicated, strong, motivated, ambitious, courageous and brave among many other qualities that, to be honest, are hard to come by these days in today's society. They are men and women that are dedicated to keeping our country safe at any cost. They too go through the dramas of life, but theirs however are a bit more complex, especially if their destination is that of another foreign country nearly half a world away. As fore mentioned, their way of life is very different from the rest of our ways of life. We may not always understand why they can not tell us where they are going or what they are doing, but we need to have faith that no matter where or what it is, it is for good reason and they are surrounded by comrades and strong battle buddies that are too America's finest and they will take care of each other.

This is not by any means having "blind support". It is supporting someone in their decision to be part of our military, which is a very monumental decision in and of itself. It is standing behind them in all that they do, knowing that they are someone's mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, or acquaintance. To truly support them you have to know that they are making sacrifices each and everyday and are glad to do it. You have to know that they have their own reasons for joining the military and though we may never know those reasons, they are personal to the military service men and women personnel of each branch.

Am I saying that this is a political scheme? No. Politics should be left out of the equation unless it is dealing directly with our military, and advocacy issues, such as intense past discussions and decisions of the new G.I. Bill, or organizations that dedicate their time to helping our military. It does not make a difference which sides of the political spectrum you stand on, these are still men and women fighting for a way of life that we all know and enjoy and they are doing it so we civilians do not have to. While they have made many sacrifices with their own blood, sweat, and tears, it doesn't hurt to, at the very least, think of them through an occasional letter, care package, or monetary donation to a military-type non-profit organization.

Can you still be in support of our military and not agree with the current war? Yes. People can argue and but heads all day about if the war is right or wrong, but at the end of the day, the heroes are still there doing their jobs, and they will be there until their job as a whole military has been finished. So debate about it all you want, it will not do any good. We can not as people go back and chance the events of the past, war or no war, so we might as well make the best of the situation and let our military know that they are in our thoughts and prayers, let them know that if they need someone to talk to, we will listen and we will be right here waiting for them with open arms when they come home. In the mean time, we need to be wearing our military casual clothing and sending care packages to them. We need to be raising the awareness of veteran benefits and laws regarding such issues.

All in all, it does not matter what stance you take with politics, it does not matter your opinion of the war, what matters is that you know and understand that though you may not know and understand every aspect of the military way of life, you are there to listen and help out in any way you can.