Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank You, Veterans

When I was in high school, I attempted to join the military. I had rather high ASVAB scores and all the branches were trying to recruit me. However, I never really pictured myself as a military man. My father, uncle and grandfather were all Navy men. I have cousins that have joined other branches. I had great respect for people in the armed forces, but wasn't sure that I would survive it.

I finally decided to do it for the college money, but didn't get past the physical. I had an asthma diagnosis when I was twelve years old and that was enough to keep me out, despite not having had any symptoms since then. I wasn't very upset about it since I really wasn't wanting to join anyway.

If it hadn't been for that pre-teen diagnosis, I would be a veteran today. I don't know how long I would have served or what my experience would have been, but I could have counted myself among the fine men and women that bravely serve our country every day.

Even today, I don't see myself as a military man and have no idea the quality of soldier I would have been, but want to take the time today to acknowledge, honor, and thank the individuals who volunteered to help keep our country safe from foreign threats.

I have heard many vets say that they are not looking for a thank you, but I still want to offer one and encourage everyone else to thank a vet. Thank you for your service. Happy Veterans' Day

10 comments:

  1. This post makes me happy. All three of my grandfathers, two uncles, an aunt, and my dad were in some form of the military. Probably some other people too but I'm not sure. It always makes me happy when somebody remembers and respects what the vets have done for us.

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    1. It does the same for me. I say something every time I see one.

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  2. Thanks preach this was awesome!!! I did get some free crazy bread today (thanks little caesars) Also I know that applebees and chills did free meals today but, could find no to go with so I did go...

    In closing you know how I love food...maybe I can kindap you tomorrow and go to Golden Coral for supper...(again free)

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  3. They definitely deserve our thanks.

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  4. Well said. By the way, I think you would have made a fine sailor. Is asthma even a problem at sea?

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    1. Thank you.

      I don't think my asthma would have been a problem, but if you receive a diagnosis anytime after your 12th birthday, it disqualifies you. Or, at least it did then.

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  5. Nice post, and I'd like to add my thank you as well.

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