Service & Sacrifice: Out of the Spotlight

A snapshot of the burdens being shouldered by brave U.S. troops and military families around the world.

U.S. and German troops conduct a joint exercise at Sully Memorial Range in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 16, 2022.

By Tom Sileo Published on October 14, 2022

Middle East

Rockets rained down Thursday on Baghdad’s Green Zone, where a healthy portion of the remaining U.S. military presence in Iraq is stationed.

While no injuries or deaths have been reported by the American military, the Associated Press reports that multiple members of the Iraqi military and several civilians were wounded in the attack. “At least nine rockets” were believed to have been fired just as a key Iraqi legislative meeting was set to begin.

“At least one rocket landed close to the parliament building ahead of the session, authorities said,” the AP reported. “More fell in other areas inside the Green Zone perimeter.”

For years, The Stream has been reporting on rocket attacks that endanger the lives of the 2,500 U.S. military personnel still serving in Iraq and neighboring Syria. While their sacrifices are made largely out of the spotlight, thousands of our men and women in uniform spend every day risking everything to rid the world of ISIS and other Middle Eastern terrorist groups. As you can see below, more of these heroes are on their way.

Please keep our deployed troops and their families in your constant prayers.


Approximately 100,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Europe. As tensions remain high over Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and nuclear threats by Russian president Vladimir Putin, the brave members of our military are performing an essential service.

As seen in the video below, U.S. forces joined soldiers from Hungary, Italy, Crotia and Slovakia this week for a large training exercise in Hungary.

Please pray for all U.S. military service members stationed in Europe as well as their families here at home.

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Hurricane Ian

Cleanup efforts continued this week in Florida, where members of the National Guard and Coast Guard have been hard at work ever since Hurricane Ian made landfall. They have saved thousands of people and pets while also delivering desperately needed supplies to victims of the storm.

We are so grateful to the more than 5,000 selfless soldiers, airmen and Coast Guardsmen who have stepped forward during the Hurricane Ian relief effort. Thank you!

Coming Home

A group of U.S. Marines returned to their base in North Carolina this week after spending the last seven months deployed overseas.

Military Coming Home Ceremony

A U.S. Marine reunites with his family at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on October 10, 2022.

Welcome home, warriors! Thank you for defending our freedom.


Tom Sileo is a contributing senior editor of The Stream. He is author of the forthcoming Be Bold and co-author of Three Wise MenBrothers Forever8 Seconds of Courage and Fire in My Eyes. Follow Tom on Twitter @TSileo and The Stream at @Streamdotorg.

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