Veteran’s Day Thank You’s
Since it is Veteran’s Day tomorrow I want to tell you about my daughter. She joined the Air Force straight out of high school and has been in nine years now.
After high school graduation she decided college wasn’t her thing. We live in a small town and there isn’t much to do, so she went and talked to some recruiters and eventually decided the Air Force was the branch for her.
On September 11, 2001, she was down in Albany, NY bright and early for her physical and swearing in. Well, we all know what happened on September 11th. Since Albany is the capital of NY, they shut down all state buildings and she was sent home, unable to finish the physical, swearing in and signing on the dotted line.
Three days later her recruiter called her and asked if she wanted to reschedule. She responded that yes, of course she did. He asked if she was sure and explained the certainty of consequence the attacks on 9/11 had for the US Military.
She told him that while she was an eighteen year old female, she wasn’t stupid. She did realize that you cannot attack Americans on our own soil and not expect some backlash. She knew the likely-hood of going to war was an almost absolute. And YES she still wanted to join the Air Force and Yes she would fight for our freedom along with everyone else.
Turns out she was deployed to Saudi Arabia when the U.S. declared war. Since then she has been deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once and is due to go back to Afghanistan in March.
The deployments are hard on her (especially since she leaves behind her five year old son with us) and the re-acclimation even harder, but her commitment to the Air Force, the United States and it’s freedom still remains strong.
So anyway, I just wanted to thank her, and every other service member, past, present and future for their dedication and service.