Being in the military can have both positive and negative impacts on individuals and their families.
We are conducting this poll to get a better understanding of our veteran readers and how being part of a military family most impacted their lives.
Whether you served yourself or a family member served, we would love to hear from you.
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Please let us know below what your experience has been. If none of the answers below are relevant to you, please select “other” and fill out your response in the text box.
As always thank you for your time and for being a part of our community.
William Redcorn says
I served 10 years in the United State Marine Corps. My life after the Corps has been a challenge to maneuver. Uncle Sam has done good by me all the way. I got 2 degrees in Economics, got a house, car, a woman but I suffer from PTSD that the VA denied me because they say a vet with a life like mine can not have PTSD, even though the vet feel crazy sometimes. The VA uses a check list made in the 50s to evaluate PTSD. No wonder 22 of us commit suicide per day.
ER Scott Baker says
twenty-six (26) Air Force, four (4) Army. Being a SAC K-9 Handler gave me pride and the need to know my job. Got me ready for my trip to Phu Cat AB as a sentry Dog Handler. After discharge from active duty, I did Guard and reserve time. Vietnam and other issues was with me as I burned through two (2) marriages. My time in the military prepared me to do a law enforcement career which lasted forty (40) years. I have a pride in my organizations I was in that sticks out wherever I am. I went in at nineteen (19) without any skills. Today I instruct at a police academy. Would I do it again, damn straight I would, in a heartbeat.
Greg D says
It has taken me years and several marages to put my life in perspective after my 5 years of military service. I was totally and still committed to my country and my squadron. After leaving active duty my transition has not been an easy one in my Vietnam era of service. It has taken me years to make that same commitment to my spouse and my children. I thank the VA for their continuous support and getting me where I need to be in this life and back on track. Took years but I am finally at peace with who I am. Thank you DAV and the VA. The DAV support family is sometimes hard to navigate, but listen to them cause they will help you. But you have to listen and be just as persistent with them as they will be to you. Took years but the DAV and VA will always be family to me. GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND OUR VETERANS AND OUR MEN IN WOMEN ON UNIFORM.
I bought a policy for house repairs you told me I would receive a copy of my policy in the mail about 3 to 4 months ago. I still have not received it you were taking out payments and I’ve asked several times to get my copy of my policy can you please help me with this. I don’t wanna say anything bad about me a because I appreciate it so much but this is going on long enough and my money keeps coming out of my account for this. Please help me get this taken care of.
Roberto Martinez says
I served 23 years in the US Air Force as a crew chief on C-5A and HC-130P/N aircraft. The military taught me how to respect and help people and the importance of serving the greatest country in the world. I enlisted at 18 years old and retired at 42 years old, while in the military, I attended college and received my bachelor’s degree in science, after my retirement, I went back to school and received my teacher certification and taught middle school math and science for 20 years on the south side of San Antonio, TX – beside teaching, I was also teaching young men and young ladies how to RESPECT and OBEY their parents along with people in general. I’m thankful for my military and teaching careers. – Sincerely, Roberto Martinez
Anthony Manto says
Damn man good job on life choices, wish I’d have done as well. But it is good to hear that the military can be a positive experience for people
Roger theriault says
I totally enjoyed my time would do again if it were a
Mil organ again I think it’s gone to woke and it’s not as strong as it should be what’s happened to honor strength etc it’s almost a civ activity not mil to many changes for the worse we need to be strong to protect our homeland get back to being a mil org
Robert James Burkholder says
THE US ARMYTRAINED US TO RECOGNIZE THE SEVERAL ORGANIC UTTERANCE THAT REFLECT THE PRINCIPLS WHICH MADE OUR COUNTRY FREE WE TRAINED TO LIVE AND ACT AS BECOMES A CHRISTIAN SOLDIER–DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION AND WAY OF LIFE AGAINST ALL ENEMY FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC SO HEART BREAKING TO SEE WHAT HAS BECOME OFTHE COUNTRY WE DEFENDED.
Limuel Hanlan says
I join the Navy when I just turn 17. Was in Aviation branch of Navy . Was a Air traffic
Control tower operator. When I was discharged I wanted to learn how to fly and became a airline pilot.Flew for Continental
Airline for forty years. Thanks to the Navy
Teethina Teeter says
My decision to join the military was one,if not the best decision I made in my life
Bill Levy says
I would just like to say had it not been for
the US NAVY I would be homeless today. The
Navy gave me direction in my life and a career path.
I live off the Navy today.
Steve grengs says
The military today is beyond comprehension. I have been at Lackland to see first hand the training. Tennis shoes not combat boots. Soft commands from the DI. Don’t hurt anyones feelings. My time was spent being respecting authority. 1969. Do something stupid, you paid for it. Made you strong, responsible and dedicated. Would like to see that now. Lovedmy military experience. Made a man out of me, not a transvestite
David M Valente says
I would not serve today under these WOKE rules The military has to be led by a code of morality and justice not by false lies and bulls–t this country was built in the belife of God and country and it had better get it back
Miguel Melendez says
Growing up in the 40s, 50s, and 60s my siblings and I were Army brats.
We never left our hometown the whole time my dad was in, he was stationed over seas a lot of times as well as I the US.
When I joined the military
I sort of knew what to expect
for my 20 year career.
james g mcninch says
My enlistment oath has no experation date, i am 71 now, enlisted in the army at 19. did a year in nam. in danang.
Patricia P Britt says
Thank you for your service.
My late husband 23 years Naval Air one of the tail hook guys. Flew boming raids over Viet Nam. One raid his plane was running out of fuel but he was going to carry out mission which he did. He wanted to land feet wet so he didn’t go to Hanoi Hilton. He made it to China Sea. Ejected and seconds later, his plane was shot down. Coast Guard Rangers picked him up.
Phil HOLLEY says
Phil Holley May 9, 2023 5:44 pm Iam a 1968 Army Vietnam Veteran 100% disabled in Nam. I can’t walk for two bollet wound in my legs and shrapnel in left leg and 90 % hearing loss. Pluss lost my wife of 35 years from Agent Orange in 2003 she was 54 years old and had a offal death. Sick for 35 years and lost everything we had. I was 19 when sent to Nam and now 75. I fill Betrade by our Goverment and our people here in the USA.. 54 years now and have a bad time with VA hospital here in Virginia I would never do it again and I am NOT PROULD THAT I SERVED. Good for you James G