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Let's take a moment to thank and praise all military veterans for their selfless service to this country.

Army Wuffie by LupineAssassin
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Perseverance by LupineAssassin
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The cost of freedom ain't free.

11th day, 11th month, 11th year.
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Added: 6 years, 10 months ago
 
Jett
6 years, 10 months ago
May the heroes be remembered and the villians forgotten. An indescribable sacrifice for the freedom their country and the lives of many others. There isn't a damn thing more selfless than what the heroes have done.
LupineAssassin
6 years, 10 months ago
Amen to that. :)
xPitbullPetex
6 years, 10 months ago
Thanks.  No matter how many times I hear "Thanks for your service" it still fills me with a mix of pride and regret.

The pride comes from service, which I would never change even if I could.  The regret comes from knowing there are fellow brothers (and sisters) still being wounded, KIA, or MIA for reasons they can't change.

I can still remember the day I stood with a bunch of other scared, yet eager, recruits and promised to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."  (Yeah, that's just a small part of the Oath, but it kinda sums up what we all agreed to do.)  I still wear a POW-MIA patch on my leathers in honor & respect for those that never made it home.

Sorry if that got a little long-winded...  I guess I should have just said, "Thanks!" and shut up.  heh heh.
LupineAssassin
6 years, 10 months ago
*HUGS* I was scared shit when I enlisted. Then when I arrived in Fort Benning, I went "WTF did I just get myself into??" XD But I don't regret joining the Army when I did. ^^
xPitbullPetex
6 years, 10 months ago
Georgia, eh?  I wasn't too far away...  I had my basic and AIT at Ft. Knox.
LupineAssassin
6 years, 10 months ago
I only lasted 7 months and 1 day. Got injured one week into basic and the injuries worsened with each passing week. Got tons of flak from my battle buddies and the cadre; they thought I was faking it. Then the PTRP doctors and the bone scan I received at Martin Army Hospital shut them up. It was bittersweet; I was hoping to stay in the Army longer.
xPitbullPetex
6 years, 10 months ago
I did 8 years and injured my knee in a training exercise.  It was bad enough that after surgery & rehab, I was given the option of being sent home or going back through accelerated Basic (to make sure my knee would handle the stress.)  I chose to go home to be with my wife.  I spent 5 weeks as a "broke dick" and I got my paperwork signed, then headed home.  No banners, no fanfare.  My wife and a friend picked me up at the airport...  I rode with him and she drove home alone.  Needless to say, she told me she wanted a divorce.  She told me (because of my training -- Recon) she claimed she was scared of me.  Funny thing is, it didn't bother me that much.

I focused on the elderly lady that sat next to me on the flight.  She was traveling with her young grandson.  I was dressed in my Class A's and her grandson saluted me.  I laughed and told him, "You don't have to salute me, I work for a living."  (Conditioned response of enlisted personnel...)  The lady asked me if I was going home, how long I had been in, where I had been stationed, etc.  She showed me so much respect, I didn't know how to react.  I kept telling her, "I was just doing my job, Ma'am..."

After that flight, my (now) ex-wife's crap didn't bother me too much.  heh heh.
LupineAssassin
6 years, 10 months ago
After I got home, the drama surrounding me got worse. You'd think some furs would recognize I sacrificed civilian time to try and better my life. I hit rock-bottom and did my best to turn things around for me (and others). Strangely, I still picture myself in uniform walking those steep hills going on weekend pass. I still vividly remember how each road and hill looked. All those winding roads and grassy areas. Totally separated from the outside world. Phenomenal. It's like I never left.
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