Veterans Day

It has been almost 30 years since I was on active duty.  I made about 8K/year back then.  It seemed like a lot.  I was a Navy Corpsman.

A few years later I married the Army.  My ex was a lifer.  An army Nurse who went to Iraq, earned the Bronze Star – she was no freaking joke.  But by then our marriage was over – but not the respect I had for what she was doing.

I had the kids, she had the country.

I had the better deal. We are almost a decade later, and we share the kids.  And they are not kids – they are both in college. We raised kids together, even though apart, in amazingly hard times for our [military] family.  This is what a military family does.  They sacrifice.  They deal with shit.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for what my ex-wife did.  What my fellow medics did 20+ years earlier.  What friends of mine are still doing today. Who my ex-wife is today.

I am proud to be a Veteran.  This year, last year, and next year.  Nothing can take away from that experience.

I can never not be a Veteran. It is part of what defines me, just as it was part of what raised me.  And I am a better person for it.

To all of the Veterans who cannot make a blog post today – you have my respect.

For Ever.