Volunteered to go down to an assisted living facility to assist in Veteran day.
Well my wife is interning at a Assisted Living Facility. I had been to one a couple of years ago to see my Nana before she passed. Well my wife had said that they were going to do something special today for the Veterans. I asked if I could come (10.5 years so far including a tour in the middle east) as a joke. I guess when she got there she made a joke insinuating that I had wanted to come and the Director of the location asked if I would come down to hand out certificates and to help my wife in pinning the Veterans with an American Flag lapel pin. I was hesitant because I didn't feel comfortable going down there. After a couple of episodes of "The Pacific" I realized that I owed them at least that much. In less that 40 minutes got my dress uniform in order, showered, shaved and took off. I don't think works can describe the feeling I got when I got there. I think they clapped more for me in uniform than they did for their community members who were being recognized. I've never been so proud to be a member of the US Armed Forces as I was today. What really broke my heart was that one of the gentlemen that lived in the dementia unit was unable to realize I was standing next to him for a while with my hand out so that I could shake it, thanking him for her service. I can only hope that I can accomplish 1/2 of what the members did before me. I also made sure to call my step-father, father, and brother in law (his, was one of the last units to leave Iraq) and thank them all.
Sorry for the run on paragraph.
Thanks to all the service members, like myself, who have made sacrifices to ensure that this is the best country on earth.