For the past week, I’ve been racking my brains trying to coming up with the best way to talk about being a veteran and what being a veteran means to me. There really aren’t enough words to describe it. The military was a god-send for me.
Without the military I wouldn’t be where I am today. Without the military and the example set for me by endless serviceman, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
One particular incident strikes me as Veteran’s Day approaches. I was sitting on a line, clearing airmen for deployment in a dark hanger. The room stank. My commander kept pacing behind the soldiers muttering about our time. My fellow officers fidgeted and glanced at their watches.
A thin dark-female walked up, obviously pale, her hands shook. I did my job. I asked her if she had any medical complaints and reviewed her paperwork. She denied any complaints and went to move on. As she turned, she fell out right there. Passed out. Fortunately, her friend behind her caught her and prevented any harm. Turns out she ruptured her appendix. Even though she was in agonizing pain, she wanted to go to Iraq. Her unit was deployed there and she needed to be there for them, no matter the risk to herself.
This Veteran’s day, I want to highlight the brave women and men in service today. I myself am not a combat-vet and can only admire those that are. It takes a special person to risk their life for somebody else’s freedom. I would love to hear your stories.
Let me know this Veteran’s day about a veteran that influenced your life. Comment below. Thank you and Happy veteran’s day!