Meet David Cohen, US Army
Posted by: wbtpress on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 4:10:00 pm
At this Joyous Holiday Time... Welcome Home to those valiant Servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for all of us... We honor and give thanks to them as they continue to Boldly protect and defend our country. Meet some who came to visit us for "Home For The Holidays!"
I grew in Pomona, NY and now live in Harriman, NY with my wife Christie. Joining the Army in 2004 gave me a sense of purpose, patriotism, and pride. The military trained me in the skills of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Operations. I deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2006 as my units CBRNE specialist and 50 caliber gunner protecting military convoys. I missed the basic luxuries that people take for granted like eating out and the change of seasons. I have fond memories of driving to my grandfather's house with my parents to spend Christmas with the rest of my family. I'm now married into a family full of wonderful holiday traditions. There are many, unfortunately, spending holidays overseas.. In Iraq, my roommate and I decorated living quarters for the holiday. All our cafeterias and Saddam Hussein's Palace located in base were decorated for Christmas and Hanukah as well. I received lots of holiday cards, letters and gifts from my family and strangers from all over the United States. The holiday is a challenging time for many soldiers who already miss their family back home. I missed being with my family, friends and girlfriend at the time, now my wife. No matter how much the military tries to make the holidays bearable for the troops, it's still not home. Our perception of what we wanted for Christmas changed that year; we wished to get home safe. The gifts we received from family and friends were a bonus. I missed the whole holiday environment, but most of all the great food. To keep our spirits up, we put up a small Christmas tree in our headquarters office.