Monday, November 12, 2007

Remembering the Vets

It's the day we call Veterans Day, a time we should pause and reflect on the offer that many have made to serve the greater need of country. My family added its share to the roll of veterans, starting with my dad, who joined the Army Air Corps just as WWII was ending. My mom had a brother and sister in the Air Force. Among my siblings, my older sister Rita did her time in the Air Force, then me in the Army, then Jess in the Navy, followed by Renee and Justin in the Army and Jay and Jered in the Navy. We were examples of people with few options taking advantage of the opportunity that the military offered, turning the veterans benefits into college and a better life. Only my little sister had experience with conflict, spending time in the Middle East during the first gulf war. My own time in Germany in the mid-70's didn't seem like much of a contribution, but I did what I was told and thought about my role in the bigger world--not a bad thing for a 20-year-old to be doing.


JN said...

My father-in-law is also a proud vet, having done his time in the Marines. He's got at least one brother too that I put in his time serving his country.

Deana said...

Dad has two brothers who served. And not to leave out my mom's side of the family --- my Uncle Richard Munger served 27 years in the Army. He was a decorated veteran of three wars: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.