"I am a soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight." - George S. Patton
It was a good day today. I had the great honor of writing an insurance policy for a young man who served for four years. During that time he had been deployed to Afghanistan and had a couple IED's blow up dangerously close to him. This, as you can imagine has made his life a living hell due to the regret of survival many soldiers get when they see their friends die in battle.
He told me he is now working at a restaurant and makes minimum wage. Our conversation evolved from there to my dad who served in Vietnam and his Uncle who did as well. We chatted about the difficulties of war and how it gave him anxiety to be in large crowds.
My dad was in the Vietnam war and it really has been hard for him at times. More specifically, the anniversary of the day he was ambushed in the Jungle as a medic. That anxious day has never left his thoughts when the anniversary rolls around once more. And at times when we watch a war movie he gets a bit uncomfortable with scenes that look similar to where he was in Vietnam.
I want to take a day and thank you all for what you do. I know that 4 years of your life will now affect the rest of your life. Those sad memories come and go. If you become addicted to something, seek help. If you feel lonely, seek help. There are still plenty of places you are needed and would be a big help.
When you stop in, make sure to say hello to me. If you need someone to talk to, we are here for you. We'd love to hear from you.
Thank you for serving!
Martin J Glennon