"Do your younger soldiers know about the possibility of the delayed pay?"
"What?" he asked - his face confused.
"Of the government shut-down? They may not get the next paycheck. They will be delayed." I continue.
His face twists,"They haven't fixed that?" he replies.
"No. Not yet. They may not in time." I forget how much of the day-to-day news they miss over there. "Some of your guys need to be prepared for that." He nods in agreement - clearly thinking about something. I wait to ask my next question.
"What are you going to do?" I ask simply not really sure if that was what I meant to say.
He looks square into the camera, "My job."
I have no intention of getting political here. I am not going to give my opinion on what is happening in Washington and around this country. I have said before that those things are never something I will discuss in this forum.
But please know, that no matter what happens in the next several days or weeks or months those who serve this nation will still lace their boots, and strap on their body armor, and place their helmets, and take up their guns, and fight the battles, and give their lives, without running water, without decent food, without air conditioning, without real beds, without being able to hug their children and kiss their spouses. They will stand to defend this nation - in unimaginable situations and at unspeakable costs.
They will still do what they have sworn to do without asking anything of you.
Not even a pay check.
"A soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind." - unknown
"God is our refuge and strength. He will protect us and make us strong" (ps 46:1). For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.