You Can’t Go Home –Nicole

When I wake up around 1300, after working all night, I’m excited. Soon I’ll be leaving my apartment to go back home to Wisconsin on leave for two weeks. I’ll get to see my family and my two best friends. I also found out that there will be a five year reunion for my class while I’m home. When I…

Lesson Learned: Sympathy –Tony

Most military members that I have gotten to know through my squadron or have met since I became a civilian have inherently become altered by their experience with the armed forces. To ask a veteran to write about an attribute that they have either gained or lost in the military is the equivalent of asking a cave diver if he found…

Becoming a Father While Serving –Brian

Becoming a father was a moment I will cherish forever. I became “Dad” on August 28th, 2014, to a beautiful 8-pound, 4-ounce, 19.5-inch daughter named Lucy. I took away great skills and experiences after joining the Air Force, but becoming a father during that time really was the best moment during those four years. Although the Air Force did not…

Lesson Learned: Patience –Sam

A saying that could summarize my military career would be, “Hurry up and wait.” A time-honored saying that echoes through the minds of everyone who has every served in the military. The patience that comes with this is one of the things I thought would be a big quality I’d take away with me from the Marine Corps. Day in…

1 Mile Per Hour –Chris

That Sunday, when I was still in my barracks,  I remember thinking that Jungle Warfare Training (JWTC) was going to be a good time, and something that I could just breeze through. Monday rolls around and we get formed up outside at 0300 and we go and check out our weapons, my Remington 870 was still clean from the last…