When I am asked about the worst experiences of war, I usually respond with something along the lines of brutality or chaos. It’s a simple way to end or move along the conversation. It fits the common themes and narratives promoted by the media and often seen on tv and in movies. It’s also a … Continue reading A Three Sided Coin
Our Freedom is not free. The balance on our ledger is paid in blood, by men and women who die wearing a uniform in the service of others. They are shot, stabbed, burned, mutilated, and torn to pieces. They die in agony, and they die afraid. Their blood stains the dirt of countries they do … Continue reading In Memoriam
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. These are the words that begin every Medal of Honor citation, our nation’s highest, and most prestigious military decoration. They are uncommon, but not as uncommon as the actions and sacrifice detailed in the narrative summaries of those … Continue reading Only The Brave
Permanently Disqualified. Those were the words stamped on the first piece of documentation I ever received from the United States Military. I was 17, and was attempting to pursue a dream that began at the age of 11. Those two words broke me more than anything I had experienced in my life. The journey to … Continue reading Fit to Serve?
I wrote this one year ago, I still believe every word, with every fiber of who I am. 240 years is the blink of an eye. Regardless of the political arguments over how and why this country was founded and declared independence, it was, and remains to this day, an opportunity. In the 39 years … Continue reading Freedom Isn’t Free
It is an honor to wear a military uniform. It is one opportunity among many to serve others. It does not entitle an individual to special treatment, and should never make the military member think that ANYONE owes them ANYTHING. Military service is a privilege, and in my eyes, should be treated as such. Military … Continue reading A Day to Remember
Are you sickened, or surprised by what you see in Manchester? I can understand sickened, it is a natural reaction. I don’t understand surprised. If you are surprised by an attack on an unsuspecting and undeserving group of young people, executed with planning and efficiency to inflict maximum damage and casualties, then you are living … Continue reading Stop Being Surprised