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The Army Thanks Its Troops

by Virgil Huston

Hot steel
Blazing sun
Sweat pours
Clothes soaked
Preparation
for war
Broken souls
get pink slips
in the combat zone
But they will first
finish their tours
Used up and
thrown out
Saves money
But not us
Betrayed and
bewildered
We trusted them
New crop
New breed
Unsuspecting
They can’t see
yet
Future ones
to be broken
and discarded
The Army way
to thank soldiers

Virgil Huston was an Army Signal Corps soldier who worked in computer systems administration in Iraq from 2004-2005. He also deployed as an Army contractor in Afghanistan in 2011 and to Iraq as a State Department contractor in 2012, performing electronics maintenance on elevated sensor systems both times. 

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