im actually pretty livid right now, so this post may not make a whole lot of sense, but I have to get it out.
I am SO tired of ignorant people. People who say "the military doesn't fight for our freedom" or "they aren't real veterans if they haven't been in a war zone and actually fought" or "they aren't making any sacrifices".
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
my mom joined the Navy directly out of high school (she had me when she was 16) so that she can make a life for us and so she could serve our country. Once she got married, to a sailor, she honorably discharged and stayed home to take care of her children. Once we were all of school age, she joined the Army National Guard because she couldn't stand the idea of herself not contributing to her country. But when we PCS'ed to Sicily, she discharged. But when we moved back to the states she rejoined the Army Guard so that she could fight overseas. Her company was just coming back from a tour when she joined and was due to leave again sometime the next year. But while she was patrolling (she was an MP) on an army base RIGHT DOWN THE STREET from where we lived (and on mother's day nonetheless) she was in a terrible car accident that left her with such severe head trauma that the doctors had to put her in a coma for three months and perform many surgeries to stop the pressure from building inside of her head. Every day i would sit in her hospital room begging and praying to God that the pressure in her head would go down, and that she would survive. I had to act as the mother of her children for over a year while she was transferred from one hospital to the VA hospital and even had to take care of my siblings for months after she came home because she was CHANGED. Her entire personality is so different, even now three years later. She was often angry and depressed, she acted like a child, she was basically unfit to be a mother. Literally almost half of her brain is DEAD. It's an absolute miracle that she isn't dead or even a vegetable. We were so close as mother and daughter, but from the moment of impact our lives were irrevocably changed.
So, because she was never in a war zone, some people would say that she or our family never made sacrifices for our country!?! Even those who serve and their families who support them who haven't gone through something like this should be honored and respected just by taking that oath when they swear in. It's absolutely unbelievable to me the ignorance and disrespect people can have towards military members. Unbelievable.