I was in the Army.
What do you think prompted you to join the military?
It had to be the medical coverage for my son and a guaranteed pay check each month.
Have you been in a combat situation?
Yes. During my 15-month tour in Iraq, my unit received mortar attacks for the first 8-9 months we were there. As far as a direct fire fight goes, the answer is no.
Was your family supportive of your decision?
I know that they were supporting and proud of what I did. However, I also know that they were terrified of what I had to do. And, they missed me being home.
Where have you traveled to or been stationed at while serving?
I have been to a lot of place in the USA from the east coast to the west coast. I lived in Germany for three years, in South Korea for three years, and Kuwait/Iraq.
Where did you like the most?
I loved Germany. It is very beautiful and the people are great. Also, I loved Hawaii. I would recommend a trip to see/visit both to anyone.
Where did you like the least?
I would have to say Iraq. It's not because of the country, but knowing that my family worried so much about my safety each and every day that I was there.
What do you do on Veteran's Day?
I like to send a message to all my military family on Facebook who served before me, with me, and are still serving now. Because every American needs to remember, honor, and understand the meaning to the words "All gave some, some gave all". We wouldn't have our freedom with out them.
Do you have advice or message for someone who is considering military service at this moment but are undecided?
Yes. Military service is not just a decision; it's a lifestyle and commitment to something more than yourself. It's a brotherhood that you have never seen nor heard of until you are in it. The comradery is beyond anthing you can image. I miss serving my country after 20 years on active duty. If I could do another 40, I would in a second.