Soldier love is about love and caring that soldiers have for one another. While listening to Gary Trudeau on NPR, he told a story about interviewing a soldier who lost her hand in combat. She had been on guard, maybe in Iraq, when they took on fire. In the battle she lost her left hand. Once she was taken to safety, her captain dug through rubble to retrieve her engagement ring from the hand she lost and brought it back to her. Trudeau characterized the behavior as ‘soldier love’, how soldiers love, rely on and take care of each other.
As I was listening to the story, the ‘soldier love’ sparked my attention. It made me think of that time in my life where I lived with my ex-husband close to a military base in northern Japan; how all of my friends were in the U.S. Air Force, Navy or related to someone who was. All of us were separated from our biological families. These friends became my family. Some of these people I still connect with — not quite ‘soldier love’ and still love.
Love reaches way beyond biological family. Soldiers create interdependent, loving relationships. I am wondering if maybe love is the cement that binds.
Blessings and love!