My younger brother, "Big D" is a member of the National Guard. We went to see him on Sunday to say good-bye at a farewell ceremony. His unit left this morning for their assignment in Iraq. He'll be in Texas until August, and then they'll fly over to the base in Iraq; he'll be over there for at least a year.
Since he is an officer, my brother will be spending most of his time in Iraq directing other soldiers and hanging out in an office in a warehouse on a base --things that help my mother and his wife sleep at night. Of course, war is scary, anything could happen, but there seems to be an overall feeling that he'll come home to us safely. We'll be praying for him everyday.