Big shout out to those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom!
With that said, I also have to gripe a little bit. Days like this remind me just how much of a chicken my husband's friend is. Ok, maybe I didn't enlist in the military. I come from a long line of Navy, Air Force, and Army personnel, but went to college instead. After college, thinking about my options, I did want to enlist, but I had too many health problems.
You see, my friend's husband/my husband's friend enlisted in the weekend warriors, i.e. the National Guard. One a month, he went off and played war games and got drunk with the rest of the NG. He got a big sign-on bonus at the beginning and another lump sum at the end of the three years. Also at the end of the three years, he was told that his NG unit was going to Afghanistan. That's when his "I'm going to kick some towel-head @$$" changed to "omg, I have a (legally) blind wife and two kids". Of course, there's also a big family willing to help her out, and many friends (including us) that said they would help out. Considering he really didn't drive his family anywhere, anyway, that should not have been an issue. Friends take the mom and kids to the doctors and emergency room. He made it an issue. He told his Sgt. that he could not go because his wife had medical concerns. She told him over and over not to make it about her, and not to hold it against her if he did not go. That went down the toilet. He holds it against her everyday, tells her it's because of her that he didn't go. What a @!#$%*()()**&&%^%$! Chicken Poop! Of course, he didn't start to tell her that until after the rest of them were back over in the United States and told him that they never saw any real action, noone really got hurt, and that it was easier over there than they expected. Now he's all like, "I would have gone but the wife..." OMG! And, what does he do, brings out his military id to show to everyone (why and how he still has it IDK because he's actually been out of the NG for three years now!!!!!), wears his uniform on Veteran's Day, tries to get the military discount. Now, my other friend, the one who did stay in the actual Navy, not the NG, barely gets VA help for wounds suffered during war, and here's someone who didn't do a damn thing to help out his country, and he's trying to make everyone think he did something. That irks me to no end!!!!! I will be the first to tell you, no, I did not enlist, but I am not trying to mooch off of those who actually served! My grandfather was injured before he could go overseas, and even though he retired out of the Army, he got jack at his burial because he was a Vet, but did not go overseas!!!!!! AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
And, breathe, that's all for now, I'm off my soapbox, I got it all out!