The phone call came out of the blue. It was from one of men in the United States Army who is serving our country in Afghanistan. He is a frequent listener to the Valenti and Foster show when he is back home. But he also said that he and a group of guys from Michigan listen from Afghanistan.
“You get us through tough times,” he said. “We listen to you guys all the time.”
I was flattered and thrilled at the same time. If we can bring even five minutes of comfort to soldiers at war that means a lot to me. Being at war is something I have no desire to do and it is something I know I cannot do. I am an old guy doing radio, trying to inform and entertain. I never think about making life easier for others. I just work and try to do a good daily show with Mike.
But that call made me feel good. It made me feel proud. I respect the men and women who are in the Middle East. I pray for their survival. I know this is impossible but I want all of them to return home and reach the warm embrace of loved ones. The guy I talked to will be home for three weeks then he is going back to the battle ground.
What happens beyond that is in God’s hands.
He said he will listen to us every day while he is in town. And when he returns he will find ways to listen to our show thousands of miles and many worlds away. I would love to do something for our troops but don’t know what to do. I helped my wife with a project to send good tooth paste and treats over there. But what else can you do?
I do not applaud troops when I see them in the airport. I sometimes wonder if they are embarrassed by it. I love talking to soldiers when they sit next to me on a plane.
What can we do for our troops? I don’t really know. I do know they all deserve more from our government. They need a larger salary from our government. They need guaranteed jobs when they return from war and I’d go as far as to say that military personnel should never pay taxes. Of course that won’t happen but that is how far I am willing to take things.
I guess I did my little part by doing a show with Mike that a handful of our Michigan solders enjoyed. It made me feel good and it made me feel proud. It is not much but it made my Fourth of July weekend.
I tried to thank the guy but he went out of his way to thank us.
That was cool.