I went to this guys blog (who also reads and comments here), and found out a couple of strange things. First, after serving in the Army for 24 years, he has gone back in, and luckily for him, he is a Major. And then I figured out he is 47 years old. And he's gonna be in Iraq, soon. Wow.
Sparrow, LL, you may want to contact him, and see if he wants or needs to become one of your adoptees.
I thought very long and hard after 9/11 about going back in and going over there in some capacity, either military, or civilian. As long as I could carry a gun. And then I realized that...
I'm a Non-Hack. My medical profile prevents me from performing any useful function, and they wouldn't even consider me. Blackwater was very interested in me, and the wife was going crazy at the idea I might leave her and go over. And frankly, since I gave up the idea, well, how many times has John had to go into the hospital?
Plus, I knew in my heart that I had become a non-hack. Couldn't hack it anymore. The first time I stepped out of air-conditioning into 120 degree heat, I would have likely fallen over dead.
Well, he's a Major, and will get whatever officer perks and stuff they get, and will likely end up as a Battalion S1 or S2, and write reports in an air conditioned office or TOC, but still, he's 47. And in Iraq. I am jealous, and feel more than a little diminished by that.