Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day - Very Special for Me

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I have to say Veteran's Day is very special to me and for any other person who has served in the Armed Forces. I think it is a special kind of someone who serves their country. For me, serving was something I knew I wanted to do instead of going to college. 

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I had no desire to go to college, and I knew I wanted to be a Russian linguist in the Army (I had Russian in high school and loved it). I think it also helped I was an Army brat for 12 years of my life, and I loved every minute of it.
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Of course you really don't realize how small the Army is until you get to basic training and find out that your drill sergeant was actually stationed with your dad in Germany. Yes, one of my drill sergeant's worked with my dad in Worms, Germany. I found that out when she took a group of us to get our hair cut and learned about it when I was asking where she was stationed. Yes, it is a small world!

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I was actually 18 when I was told I had to make a will. I remember it was in basic training and I was thinking to myself - "What in the world do I have to leave behind? Who should I make my beneficiaries? What the hell is a beneficiary? Crap, give it all to mom and let her sort it out."

That is really an eye opener to be asked to make a will as a teenager. Of course we had to do that every time we practiced to be deployed, which was about every fiscal quarter - depending on what your post did for training purposes.

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I will never regret my time I spent in the Army. There are so many instances when I miss it still - especially the friends I made. I am sure mom is sick of hearing me talk about the various things I did and things I really shouldn't have :) I feel honored for serving with those men and women every day and I miss them every day!

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I just want to thank all of those who have served our country and those who are still serving.  You all are my heroes!!!

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 And to my personal heroes:

Upper left hand corner: Grandpa Ralph McCord, Marines WWII - served in the
South Pacific; Center: Grandpa Lee Dettlof, Army WWII - served in the
European Theatre; Upper right hand corner: Great-Uncle Gerald Brewer,
Marines WWII - died on Iwo Jima; bottom left hand corner: my dad Ralph
B. McCord, Jr., Vietnam Veteran and served more than 20 years in the Army
(got out a month before I joined), lower center and lower right hand corner,
me - Beth McCord, Sgt., Russian Linguist

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