Personal Experience : My Experience In The Military

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When I joined the Military in 2009 I had no idea that I would end up as a statistic. You hear the phrases "Shellshock" and "PTSD" and think they could never apply to you or that its just something that shows up in the movies to sell tickets. Most of my family have been in the military and I had some ideas what I would expect but it wasn't nearly enough to prepare myself for what I would experience. I came back from war a different person. My experiences in Afghanistan as a Combat Medic has left scars that will never fully heal, but my family and children have definitely helped them fade. Joining the Military was one of the most important choices of my entire life. It should of been an easy decision as most of my family have served in the military in some capacity but I struggled with it for far longer than expected. The two men I most respected in the world are my grandfather and adoptive father. My grandfather was an Army Ranger with 27 years in the service. He played for the army football team and I will always remember the pictures he had behind his big pink armchair of him in his old leather football gear as he would sit me on his knee and tell me stories. My father spent 21 years in the Army. He was in the Special Forces for 17 of them as an Weapons Sergeant and before that he was Airborne Infantry with the 82nd Airborne Division. Alot of the reason I joined was to get closer to the two of them. However, I did not want to be an infantryman so I enlisted in the
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