Dating iraq war veteran
Most of the adults in my life weren’t drafted in the 70’s or, if they were, they received exemptions due to their enrollment in college.
Because of this I never had to learn anyone’s story and relied upon mass media to fill the gaps.
He calls his puppy a “Snugglenugget” and brought me soup on our second date when I was sick with a cold.
Military members are broken down in boot camp and built up to not just be altered men and women, but trusted, forever soldiers.I’ve learned that while I am his best friend and the mother of his child and his forever partner, there is a closeness only he and his brothers in arms will share.I cannot compete or even come close to their kind of love, respect, and commitment, mostly because I have not earned it.The training and the missions and the executions of both are so deeply engrained in our service men and women that, I swear, the marrow in their bones is altered.And it wasn’t until I started living with and had a child with a veteran of the United States Military, that I realized that while he left the military years ago, the military cannot – and will not – leave him.
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I knew I wouldn’t have to deal with devastatingly long deployments at sea or constant relocation so his military service wasn’t a potential hinderance, but a celebrated past accomplishment.