I heard from my oldest son, B that he is enlisting in the Reserves for another two years. GodSpeed, my son!
John has served one year active service and has five years left to serve our country.
Several times over the past year, I have been asked how I could 'let' John enlist, when I already had one son serving in the military. My response (not in a disrespectful manner) has been that "My sons serve, so that your sons will not be drafted".
I remember when B enlisted in 1999. He was a Senior in High School. B is brilliant! He is smart, witty and one of the finest men I could ever know. Back in 1999, he was unsure of his direction and out of the blue...he asked me one afternoon what I was doing on a certain day at a certain time. I told him it sounded as though he had plans for me. It was then that he told me that he had an appointment with a Recruiter and wished to join the U.S. Air Force. He was 17 years old and needed parental permission. I went to see the Recruiter, watched the video and knew right away this is where my son belonged. B graduated from High School in June and departed for BMT in July, 1999.
I am so deeply proud of my sons. My heart is filled with so much gratitude for all the men and women who sacrifice for our country. These men and women give up so many of the daily freedoms we take for granted.
Each and every Airman, Soldier, Sailor and Marine is my hero.
So my question to you..... if a family member were to tell you they wished to join our military, how would you react?