Non sibi, sed patriae

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The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.

Willian Arthur Ward

Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria – just a few of the countries that have been headlined in conjunction with the United States military this past year.  Even with all of the media’s coverage, does the average American even understand our nation’s role in any of these countries?

With a laundry list of domestic issues, many Americans have lost faith in our government and in the democratic process.  From the George Zimmerman case, the state of our economy, the recent surveillance and security controversy, public opinion polls show Americans have a 49% disapproval rating of the nation’s current administration (NBC News Poll).

Who can blame them?

As a member of the uniformed services with a long line of family members who served before me, I’ve always had an abundant amount of pride in my country.  But as a bi-racial woman, I by no means believe that the country I serve is perfect, I just believe in the power that lies with the people.

Recently, my belief system was tested.  I was “gram chasing,” as the kids call it these days, or scrolling through my Instagram timeline when I ran across the most blatantly disrespectful post from anyone I know personally— or at least that was the way I interpreted it.

The image was a meme of a C-130 aircraft packed full of Soldiers in route to a combat zone with one empty seat, the caption read, “The real hero.”

I was completely confused.

After commenting on the photo to ask what the Instagram user meant by the photo, I was literally disgusted to learn that the person meant exactly what I’d feared.

How could someone be so ignorant
… to applaud such cowardice?

… to show such ungratefulness?

… and to completely disregard the lives of the remainder of those 127 Soldiers aboard?

Every Soldier, ever Sailor, every Marine, every Airman, plays in integral part in the mission they’ve been assigned.  When one of those service members fails to show up—literally or figuratively—not only does the mission become more likely to fail, lives are that much more likely to be lost.

I get it.

This is America; we all have the fundamental right to freedom of speech.  My issue stems from the irresponsibility of it all.  Too often Americans forget about the sacrifice our veterans have made and make daily just so that it’s possible for unappreciative people to voice how that sacrifice isn’t enough.

I defy mediocrity, I demand excellence, and I applaud those that do the same.

Our government … Our military … Our COUNTRY,  has plenty of room for improvement.  I’ll be the first to say it, but I’ve always been a phenomenal multitasker and just as you hear me even begin to open my mouth to complain, trust, something is being done about it to make a change.

Discontent with your government?

What have you done to make a change?

I chose to serve.

Non sibi, sed patriae.

Not for self, but for country.

You may not agree with the government and you may not agree with the military.

But, newsflash! The military is an all-volunteer service …

If you aren’t ready to go to combat—maybe you shouldn’t join! What a novel idea!

Don’t join my military if you aren’t ready to put yourself in harm’s way because if I go to war, I need to be sure that my brother or sister-in-arms is just as willing to lay their life on the line for me as I would for them.

Complaining for the sake of complaining or to make yourself come off as enlightened holds no weight unless you’re out doing something about it … and bottom line, I can’t respect you.

So, carry on.  Just carry on

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