From a Veteran's Perspective

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Home Inspector with Texas Inspected TREC # 20406

Here's a quick Memorial Day post to let you know what it's like to be a service member. Obviously I can't speak for every person who is serving or has served our country, but I imagine most vets can find something to identify with here.

 

Sometimes it was dangerous.

A lot of the time, it was boring. Boring and hot, boring and cold. Sometimes, to mix it up, it would be boring and really hot or cold. On occasion, it was fun. This was when we had the energy to turn something dangerous or boring into something fun.

One constant was homesickness. Everyone missed something. Family, friends, decent Mexican food, wives, kids, shopping malls, freedom. 

Sometimes it felt like we were making the world a better place. Really helping people that needed help.

Sometimes it felt like we were carrying out the petty whims of a bizarre antisocial bureaucracy.

Through it all, we knew that America would be there when we got back, pretty much how we left her. That made it a little easier to face the prospect of another long, tiring, hot, wet, freezing, boring (hopefully) or exciting day (or night). We would try not to start counting the days until we got to come home until the two month mark, but you always knew the number in your head. "Only 112 more days until I get to go home and take the kids to Chuck E Cheese".

So every now and then, when you are hanging out with your family and enjoying some decent Mexican food, think about the men and women that would love to know what their kids look like right now, or that will never get to see their kids again.

Have a safe and un-exciting Memorial Day.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Thank You Scott...for your words and for your service...Hope you had a beer a Chuck -E Cheeses...( I thought that was kind of wierd...take the kids to C-e-C and we can have a pitcher of cold beer...although the C-e-C we would go to always had slightly uncold beer!!

May 30, 2011 01:21 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Teral McDowell
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Thank you, Scott, for serving your country and making America safer for our kids.

May 30, 2011 01:33 PM #2
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Faith LaRosse
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Scott, thank you for your special point of view--many of us don't REALLY sit down and imagine just what life must be like in the military...Thank you goes out to ALL of our veterans!

May 30, 2011 01:35 PM #3
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
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Scott - thank YOU for serving. And thank you for this post - a very different point of view than most because you have experienced the sacrifice the military makes - up close and personal.

May 30, 2011 01:38 PM #4
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Scott Cotton
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Thanks, y'all. I'm glad I did it, and I'm real glad I don't have to do it anymore. I worry about the people that are still doing it, but I know they are pros and they will handle the mission as safely as possible so they can come home and enjoy the fruits of freedom.

One good thing about enlisting in the service as a youngster, you discover a lot of options you hadn't thought of before you enlisted. It's a pretty good focuser.

May 30, 2011 02:07 PM #5
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Scott - what a great post. Thank you so much for taking the time to serve our great nation. I know it had to be hard to be away from your family.... I can't begin to imagine the half of it... But thank you. A thousand times, thank you!!

May 30, 2011 03:17 PM #6
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