On this Memorial Day, I feel it appropriate to post about my stepson, Chris. He just finished his 4 year tour with the army on May 22, and will be driving home tomorrow.
After that, he's going to be enrolling in college on his GI bill. I know some people call it a "free ride" but it definitely wasn't free for Chris. He was the software guy, so he sat in the tent and made sure that the computers and radios were working. They would wake him up in the middle of the night to get stuff fixed (until the commander realized poor Chris was getting no sleep and put a standing order not to disturb him at night). He also volunteered to go on patrols. On one patrol, a mine went off. Chris was extremely lucky, he had been sleeping next to it the night before but he was further away when it went off. The explosion caused him hearing damage (he has ringing in one ear) and messed up his knee a bit. So he'll be a "disabled veteran."
Have a safe ride home, Chris.