Paul  Kengor

When it comes to “supporting the troops,” some Americans have chosen some curious means of expression. Who can forget Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) June 2005 statement from the Senate floor, comparing U.S. troops at Guantanamo to “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime—Pol Pot or others—that had no concern for human beings?”

More recently, bestselling fiction writer Stephen King, reminiscent of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) back in 2006, was inspired to underscore the alleged ignorance of our servicemen: If you can’t read, explained King, “you’ve got the Army, Iraq … something like that.” When criticized for his remarks, King reflexively responded with the standard liberal mantra: he angrily denounced those who dare question his patriotism. Gee, why would anyone do that?

Alas, for a genuine example of truly supporting the troops, few expressions are as innovative and moving as a new book by Kathleen Edick and Paula J. Johnson, titled, "We Serve Too! A Child’s Deployment Book." Packed with colorful illustrations and heartwarming, practical messages, this is the first book I’ve seen that is addressed to those who love the troops more than any of us: the children of our enlisted men overseas.

The book is rich in the virtues honored by the men who have fought for America for over 200 years. “Daddy’s unit was deployed, his work is far away; and though we are not overjoyed, a soldier must obey,” reads one passage. “The Army said we couldn’t go and Dad said, ‘Stay right here, and wait for me ‘til I get back in just about a year.’”

Another reads: “My mama needs a hug tonight; she’d like one from my dad. I’ll give her one for both of us, so she won’t be sad. And now I snuggle down to sleep. Oh, mama, tuck me tight. Snug me up like Daddy’s hug, we’ll all sleep tight tonight.”