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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You served twice as long as I, so I thank you 2x as much. My service was that during the Bosnian crisis and was stationed in Germany during the break up of many of the Eastern block countries. I was happy to see these countries get new freedoms as they formed, though at the time it was all a bit much to keep track of what was going on day to day. We didn't have a robust internet to keep us in touch with friends and family at home. I am happy to see that has changed in today's military and keeping the comforts and connections to those at home an important part of the morale of the troops.
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