Service out of Uniform

22 Sep

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above…” C.S. Lewis


The moment we feel “better” than someone else we have excluded ourselves from excellent living. One of the most surprising aspects of community involvement is how humbling it is to give your own time and energy to help someone else. That feeling of gratitude and personal accomplishment can overcome even the most stressful week you’ve had at home or work. Exercise, alcohol, and any other diversion you normally provide for yourself pales in comparison to a great volunteer event.

Volunteering has a wonderful way of giving you so much more than you ever expected to receive in return. I have; discovered new friends, improved my personal relationships, and found new business associates all by giving a little of my time and energy. Don’t get me wrong, it required a positive attitude and an open mind.

Too many of us vets seem to think that our service somehow gives us a license to look down on the rest of society. In the worst cases we come out of uniform with some sick sense of entitlement. We feel we “rate” something more than the paycheck and numerous benefits available at separation. This attitude poisons your ability to achieve your greatest potential. The World owes you nothing for your service but a THANK YOU.

I found that after picking up my DD214 people respected me more as a vet for what I gave back to society than what I wanted from it. The best vet is recognized for not only what he did on the battlefield but also for what he gives back to make his friends, family, and neighborhood a little better place. I challenge each and every one of you to go out and give something back to our communities, churches, and country. You’ll be surprised how much your help will mean to everyone involved.



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