Being a Veteran
It’s crazy to see all the love towards Veterans nowadays. Rightly deserved for so many reasons. When I signed up to be a US Marine, I was more focused on the uniform and respect- not the benefits. Being a Veteran wasn’t even a thought to be a benefit except a great reference for a job interview. My priorities weren’t best when I signed up.
I was 17 when I entered the delayed entry program (aka, DEP’r). Both of my parents had to sign. As a Dep’r, I was Gung ho. In high school, I watched the movie Full Metal Jacket almost every night before I went to sleep. After the boot camp graduation, I shut it off and went to bed. Even my high school parking spot was “Full Metal Jacket.” In hindsight, that may have been a little overboard (big cheesy smile).
Being a Veteran means so much more now than it was when I got out, which is a good thing. I’m happy to see people more aware of our service men and women. The duty isn’t easy. I remember a lot of miserable lonely nights, long days, and time stopping. But never once did I have to fight. And since never serving during wartime but being stationed overseas, coming back is a culture shock. I couldn’t imagine being in their shoes now.
This is where #ThankAVeteran is appropriate.
To share my gratefulness, I wanted to share this image I snapped last week. It was quite the surprise. I’m happy to be honored, but very humbling at the same time. At times, I don’t feel I’m deserving of such accolades. Being a Veteran isn’t just a cool hashtag. I see it as a responsibility. I’ve been blessed with lots of great memories and stories. I too am grateful for those Veterans who fought for our rights and freedoms.
From one Vet to another Vet, I thank you. Thank you to all that have made being a Veteran cool. Therefore, it starts for those who came before me and many who followed afterwards. Being a Veteran rocks!
Find Your Greatness,
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