It’s been over seven years since I’ve returned home from my tour of duty in Iraq. I will definitely tell you, it was a long 18-month stint in Iraq and I came away from that experience with a lot of positive memories.
Over the years, I have had time to reflect on my military service. I am extremely grateful that I commited to serving my country for eight years of life. I am not going to say it was ‘easy’ all of the time, that I enjoyed every every minute of it or even, at times, questioned my reasoning for doing it. I have come to realize that the military is not for everyone just as everyone is not cut out for the military. All in all, I am glad to have fought for our freedom in the capacity that I did. Every day I am thankful that I live in a free country. I do believe there is a price tag to enjoy the freedoms that we do in the United States and I am glad that I was a part of paying that price for all of us to enjoy.
Now, Thursday, November 11, 2010, is Veteran’s Day.
I know that throughout The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, there are numerous veterans that span through all the programs offered (i.e. FT MBA, MLHR, MBLE, MACC, Working Profesional MBA).
I offer the following challenge: if you know someone who is currently serving, has served or has been out of the military for a LONG time, let them know how much you appreciate them and the sacrifices and service they have given to this great nation we call America.
Some of my personal favorite ‘thank you’s’ are: “High-Five” a Veteran…or… “Hug” A Veteran. Whatever you do to show you care and appreciate them and their service, do it. I feel it is our patriotic duty to reach out and honor those who served in any of our armed forces branches.
What I have taken away from my whole miliary experience is this: Its not about equal giving, its about equal sacrifice.
Below I have included some pictures from Iraq! ENJOY!
Happy Veteran’s Day!