Christina A. Sharik


Sergeant John W. Russell: KIA November 15, 2003
Sergeant John W. Russell – killed when two Black Hawk Helicopters went down during Operation Iraqi Freedom on November 15, 2003
I am
the first contact you have
the one who gives you information
I talk to your parents
I check your past
keep an eye on your present;
then I sign you up at last.

I know that when you sign the paper
I am sending you away
I have been where you will be
I have seen what you will see
And for each and every one of you
I wish the best………

Sometimes I cannot rest.
I see your faces in the night
I wonder if you’ll be all right…
and when I hear that you have died
there have been nights when I have cried –

I am the one who signed you up
who talked to your mom
I am the one who feels the quilt……

For I was
Your Recruiter.

Author’s Note: In Memory of Sgt. Russell, my son’s friend and a former Recruiter who was killed in Iraq, November 2003