2. A civilian child sees race. A military child sees diversity.
3. A civilian child has a best friend in his hometown. A military child has a best friend on almost every continent.
4. A civilian child sees only the plane flying over. A military child not only can identify the type of plane flying but knows someone who works on them.
5. A civilian child smells something nasty and yells "ewwwww..... what's that smell?" A military child smells something nasty and yells "M.O.P.P. 4! M.O.P.P. 4!"
6. A civilian child sees a person in uniform. A military child can tell you what branch he's in and what his rank is.
7. A civilian child thinks home is where the heart is. A military child knows home is where the military sends you.
8. A civilian child lives for tomorrow and what it might bring. A military child lives for today because tomorrow Daddy might get called away again.
9. A civilian child talks on the phone for fun. A military child lives for the 15 minute phone calls once a week.
10. A civilian child can read and write in English. A military child can read and write in acronym.
11. A civilian child says "good-bye". A military child says "see you later".
12. A civilian child gets to see things other kids would love to see. A military child gets to see things world leaders would love to see.
13. A civilian child will probably go to the same school his entire life. A military child will probably change schools every two years.
14. A civilian child might rarely leave his hometown for anything other than vacation. A military child will rarely see his "hometown" for anything other than vacation.
15. And finally... a civilian child supports our soldiers. A military child is a soldier.
The next time you say a prayer for our troops, please say a prayer for their families, especially their children back home that are trying to be strong.