I know marines =/= soldiers, but maybe a little story like this can cheer some people up? It's too beautiful not to share, but please delete this if it is irrelevant to the community.:)
For soldiers who are on duty overseas, often time the only chance they get to cuddle is when they meet these stray animals. These soldiers are lonely and longing for love from their family and friends. The kitties are abandoned, lost and have nowhere to call home. When they find each other, they become best friends.