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Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

A vet’s pride


To say that my stay in the military was enjoyable would be misleading at best. At twenty something years old taking my first plane ride and being away from home for an extended period of time really opened my eyes to the real world.

My first day in Basic Training I learned that having a last name that started with A was not the greatest attribute to have. I was selected along with all the other A’s to join the Mess Sergeant in the kitchen to wash pots that were used to cook the meals for hundreds of raw recruits. I was up to my elbows in hot soapy water and the remains of some kind of unknown contents before I could even remember being at home. I guess I did such a good job that they asked me to do it again several weeks later.

OK I served. I did what was expected of a good recruit but I learned to think outside the box going through my period of service. I think their goal though was to make you think inside the box. I never have and it has served me well in my lifetime. When I got out I put my gear in storage and put the experience behind me. I never thought I did anything special to deserve even a thank you from society. I did what I did at that time in my life.

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