I was a member of the US Army for just under 8 years. Was it hard? Yes. Was it sometimes miserable? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. It was obviously a very different time then, the US was not fighting a 2 war front and most of us were relatively safe from harms way, but in the end, the step I took in order to gain some discipline, maturity, and direction in my life was the best one I ever made.
I have gained so much, to include life long friends, who thanks to Facebook, we keep in better touch. It is true, you get out of it what you put in, and the armed service is a great tool to demonstrate that. In my honest opinion, I truly believe that some type of service, it doesn't necessarily have to be strictly military, needs to be compulsory in this country. Our society is becoming out of touch with a firm base of reality and this service of the country helps put it all in perspective.
To end, I would call for many of you to take a few seconds and juts a few dollars to send our men and women fighting for freedom a Cup of Joe. It is a small, yet very appreciated token, the least we can do.
Thanks all for your service and appreciation.
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