Here's the letter:
|Fighting for us|
I have not been sleeping too well on these cots. For some reason my left hip is really bothering me lately. It is just hard to get comfortable. As far as being lonely, of course I am lonely without you. It does not affect me too much during the day because everything is so busy, but late at night when everything has died down I think about you and home a lot. I also think about you when I look at the stars at night. You're right they are super bright here. There is no light pollution at all. You can even see the milky way very well.
|To just be a child|
Mentally I am fine, I have been slacking a bit in my bible readings, but hopefully that will change soon. I really don't want to become too busy for God, especially out here. Physically, I have lost some weight but I feel out of shape because of the late night and not eating well. Coffee is always a good thing though. I am sorry to hear that you feel in the dark, but I think our situation is very good. The only reason I say that is because there are plenty of Marines here that do not communicate with their families by choice or by lack of equipment. So I consider myself very fortunate. I do not think you are being too needy. I think you are being a good girlfriend. I know you just want to take care of me, and I appreciate it very much. I hope you are able to ease your mind knowing what you know now.
And to the soldier who wrote this letter... Nothing you wrote, your reasons, your feelings, not one thing sounds foolish. Your country is proud of you, your family loves you, and I think you for what you're doing and for allowing me to publish your letter on my blog. Be safe.