10 November 2010

New meaning for Veteran's day this year..

So tomorrow is Veteran's day, AND my 32ndIknowIdontlookit birthday. Those days have ALWAYS been one in the same. It has been kinda cool growing up ALWAYS having my birthday off from school. We have been to a few parades on those days, and I have always loved the military, and held Vets in very high esteem. I felt, and still feel, very special on my birthday because I share the day with a group of VERY special people.

But this year is a little different, and will be from this point on. Now I am the Veteran. Whoa. When I think of Vets I think of guys with the cool hats with all the pins and buttons, sitting at a VFW sipping on bad beer and trading war stories and showing scars. Not me. I am only 32...I have a wife and a kiddo in diapers...but now I can check the box on job applications that says "Veteran." Weird.

But as I wrap my head around it...it does sink in. I have served for only 4 years, was gone for 1 of them in Afghanistan. I saw my share of fighting...I have some stories...and I am here to talk about it. There are those that were not as fortunate as me. They are either having a tough time coping, or they are no longer with us. I have lost friends, and that is something that I will always carry with me. I have seen what losing a husband/father/brother will do to the family...and that will stay with me. I thank the Lord that I have Him to lean on..and carry me through the times that are a little rough. He did so for a year, and I know he will be there in the ones to come.

So, tomorrow, if you see a Vet, are related to one or know one. Its ok to say thanks. (I am not fishing for thank you's.. ) We do appreciate it...and sometimes don't know how to respond, but it always makes us feel good...heck...buy em lunch..or a beer... :)

So...I will end by saying my 4 years in the Army has been tough, amazing, growing, and humbling. I will never regret it.


Jan Samuel said...

We wish you God's blessing with
Psalm 91
Jesus is the way the truth and the life.
Greetings from Solveig and Jan Samuel
from Norway.

Tiffany said...

I love my man in uniform! Thanks for all the hard stuff you go through and have gone through for the last four years babe. I'm impressed with the strength and courage you exude and the integrity you hold to as you sacrifice your life and your schedule for the U. S. Army! I'm proud of you.

Momma M said...

I am so very proud of you. I have always thought it was kind of cool that you were born on Veteran's Day and wondered just what would be. Would you go into the Army, or just be proud of your Grandpa's and those that have been on this journey before you. I'm sure you have made a difference in the lives of those you have touched while in the service. Thank you.

AHEC said...

thank you Jeremy. thank you for your reflection for our veterans, thank you for your service and thank you for continuing to touch our lives. You were an amazing young man, and now you are amazing still. May God continue to use you, and may he bless you and your family. Here is a birthday/Veteran's Day hug for you. Love you kid! Bear and Heather

Kelli said...

You might not be fishin' for thank yous but your're gonna get one from me! THANK YOU! I knew you before you were a Vet and thought you were awesome then, but now I have a new level of respect for you...and I think you're kind of bad ass (can I say that? Is that allowed? I mean that in a very righteous way, of course). We love you guys and can't WAIT for you to be back here. We are proud of all of you for your sacrifice!

Bethany & Ryan said...

Wow. What an incredible post....and an even more incredible sacrifice on your part. We are immensely grateful and proud-- "thanks" really isn't ever enough, but we'll continue saying it to express our respect and gratitude!