Thankful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family. Many will unfortunately spend this Thanksgiving alone.
Thankful for the men and women in the Armed Services.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
11 years ago I was eating a chicken and salsa MRE on the hood of a HUMVEE while getting ready to go on patrol in Iraq. It was one of my best Thanksgivings ever, spending it with my buddies in my Platoon doing what we loved. A lot of my best memories of holidays and birthdays and things like that were spent overseas away from family with my brothers in arms. Don't feel bad for us for being away from our families. We are with a family of another sort. A family with a bond that civilians and our families will never understand and we can't explain. Yes, it sucks that we can't sit with our families and eat turkey and pies and watch football at home back in the States, but at the same time, we are with our brothers all sharing an experience that most will never experience with a bond and love for each other that most will never experience. I don't regret missing birthdays and holidays and stuff like that, yes it sucked to miss them, but I had my brothers, and at that moment, that's all that mattered. I would do it all again in a heartbeat, knowing what I know now and knowing the consequences and possibilities and bad things that could go along with it. There's a pride and brotherhood that goes along with being a soldier and being called 'Doc' still means the world to me from the guys I served with....
SGT John L Cushman, US Army (RET)