Some people go into service in the military, some don’t. I know a man who tried to go into the military at the age of 17. He wanted to serve his country. He wanted to make the military a career. It didn’t work. He was classified 1Y. At first, they wouldn’t tell him why. He tried again at the age of 18. He got classified 4F that time. Recently a former military man put him down because he hadn’t been in the military. I don’t know why the man had an attitude about this. There are many reasons for joining, not joining, and being refused. Being rejected does hurt.
Being in service can be done in many ways. The man who was rejected has many friends who have been in the military. Some have been to Viet Nam, some to Korea, some to Desert Storm, some to Iraq. The all have memories and different reasons for having been in the military. The one thing they have in common is friendship. This friendship between these people allows them to see different sides of each situation. Through the friendship of these men, memories are shared. They weren’t all raised in the same city or state, just the same country.
Being in service does not necessarily mean wearing a uniform. Listening to others, letting them share their thoughts and feelings is also a service. Things like flashbacks, P.T.S.D. and a feeling of being alone are real. They are shared by many. Sometimes talking about these things can help. At least it’s better than keeping it all bottled up where it can hurt. Listening to others is a service.
Believing in the U.S.A. (the red, white and blue) is something to be proud of. Being in service means to serve others. The man who did not go into the military loves his country and tries to show it in other ways.
Are you in service? Not necessarily in uniform, but do you serve others? If they need to talk, do you listen? If they just need company, do you hang around? Don’t ignore your fellow Americans. You never know if they need to talk, smile or just have someone call.