a reply to: TechniXcality
If I may as one veteran to a fellow veteran?
You served your country, with good faith and honor. You did all that was asked of you. You handed them a blank check, and there was always a chance it
might be cashed in.
But it wasn't. You got to go home.
I understand the overwhelming need to want to protect your country, your home, your family and all that you know. I can understand that any oath you
took upon entering service, you took seriously and may not have relinquished that oath when you got out.
I know I didn't. Nor will I ever.
However, now you're considering doing something that might very well cause that blank check to be cashed in.
Might your place now actually be at your home? May it perhaps be that you're home for a good reason: to protect your home.
As you said, you have the skills and knowledge to do so. Maybe home is where those skills and knowledge would be better placed.
I'm not saying that you might have to actually do any of that on the very land you call home. But, just maybe, if it were to come and pass, the place
you REALLY need to be is right where you are now. It might be that where you are now, is where people need you to be to help defend or take care of
them if something came to pass.
Please think about that for a while. I'm not saying "it's part of God's plan" or anything like that.
But maybe, just maybe you are where you need to be now. Going somewhere else, may take you away from those that might end up needing you so very
desperately later in life.
Take it from a old vet like me. I served. I did my best with good faith. They sent me to war, and I got to come home in one piece.
While I'll never give up my oath, I know that my place now is here with my family. To be here for them, and yes, if need be protect them. I hope I
never have to do that last part.
But I will make sure I'm here to do it if needed.
Maybe that is also where you need to be.