When most people think of the U.S. military, the word "cute" doesn't often come to mind. That's why I had to share this super cute photo essay from The Washington Post. Apparently, soldiers in Afghanistan rescued a litter of tiger-striped kittens that they found on base last summer. One of the kittens was wrapped up in c-wire and badly malnourished, so soldiers nursed their wounds and fed them. At least two of the cats now live in the United States with the soldiers' families. The troops worked with animal rescue group NowZad Dogs to adopt the animals.
Perhaps the Army will add kitties to its list of animals that help soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Like Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie said recently at the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, "Animals are not just cute. They provide support."
Spoiler alert: The fourth photo with the sleeping soldier and curled-up kitten will make you say, "Awww!"