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Reflections On Our Military

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 3:22 AM
Filed Under: General
I have to admit, most of the time I don't give a lot of thought to the military. I don't come from a military family. My father was in ROTC in college, but that was the extent of it. I'm an accountant, which doesn't often come up in the same sentence as Armed Services. (Though I remember a part in an old Family Ties episode where the recruiter tried to get Alex into the Airborne Accountants, who were to drop behind enemy lines and foul up the enemy's books.)

While I have friends that have served, both in the active military and in the National Guard, it's not something that is part of my every day life. So when Fox Sports Midwest started advertising their "This One's For You" game, coming up tonight when the Cardinals take on the Brewers, it gave me an opportunity to really reflect on what that service really means.

Don't expect anything too deep, of course. Still, thinking through the cliches is something that needs to be done at times. 

The sacrifice that these men and women make is mind-boggling, when you think about the return. Even at the least, they spend so much time away from their family and friends, going to foreign lands, both relatively safe and highly dangerous. Even when they are in the United States, training can keep them away from the ones they love as well. I know how much looking forward to going home to see my wife and kids at the end of the day means, so to be away from them for so long would be devastating. 

Which, of course, doesn't even begin to factor in the deadly peril that they go through so often. How do they make the rounds in Iraq, knowing that just driving down the road could be the last thing that they do? Just the regular, everyday routine carries the undertone of finality to it. 

And why? Why do they do this? For people that they love, but also for people that they never will meet. 

When you think about what we do, what we complain about, why can we do that? Because so many someones are willing to sacrifice all that they have to make sure we have that freedom. I spend time on this website talking about the Cardinals, getting worked up about who bats second and what aged veteran gets picked up. And yet, when you really look at it, what does it matter? We have the freedom to get worked up on the minor details of life because we've got these men and women taking care of the big stuff. 

So, to all of those that have served and to all of those that serve now, to those at home and those abroad, we send you our respect and gratitude. Enjoy the game tonight and thank you for all that you do.

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Thanks for this. I just recently separated after 8 years in the Air Force. It was probably the toughest decision (leaving the Air Force) I've ever had to make.

From the times I spent in combat zones...all I can say is that you learn a lot about yourself. People say they have a hard time trusting others, but over there, you are so much deeper than trust with what is going on. You can't just have your own back. You (no matter the rank) are working for each other each day to push through whatever the task at hand is.

Everyone has their own reason for joining and everyone has their own reason for leaving, but in between, there are so many bonds developed that they truly last a lifetime.

When people say "Thanks for your service" or similar to that, it often throws me off and I'm not sure if I should say "You're welcome" or "thank you" back to them. It is a nice surprise though, so when things like this game or Veterans Day or Memorial Day come along, we do appreciate them very much!

Thanks again for this Post

The GM (Arin Thompson)

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