A Good Day Fishing.
Went fishing yesterday. While fishing a guy pulled up and we started to BS. He had just retired from BLM and I said to him too bad now you can no longer look forward to having a day off. I then told him that today was the32 anniversary of my retirement. He asked what I did to retire so young and I told him I was a career soldier for Uncle Sam. The guy then took ahold of me and gave me a great big hug and "flowered" me with praise for service to our country. It brought tears to my eyes and made a poor fishing day an outstanding success.
Only 23 years for me. Military, then Defense Department.
I know that I'm hijacking this thread but so what? We all should give thanks to all you great guys. What we should champion is the way some guys are treated that left them with problems that are not being addressed properly. They deserve much better.
I served only a short time in the occupational forces as an 18 year old draftee at the very end of WWII but it set me up with a good life plan. Another reason to thank the military.