Preserving America’s Freedom

As a former seaman, I have been all over the world, and I have seen things that others cannot even imagine. I have sailed on carriers, piloted jets over the Indian and Pacific oceans, and shot missiles that most will never even hear of. I did all of this to protect my country and its citizens in areas where there was violence and conflict threatening them. Vietnam was a messed up place to be, and our fleet was involved in almost daily air raids that caused untold damage, all so we could help bring democracy and stability to a dangerous part of the world. Squadron mates of mine were downed, and some were never recovered. It was a rough place to be, and you never knew if your current flight was your last in Vietnam. Even if you don’t agree with all our actions, then you should at least understand our purpose. We fought so you didn’t have too. We fought so you could enjoy your life. And we wanted you to enjoy them. Just remember us. All those who never came back home, died for us. Lt....

Marine Discipline & Honor

The Gulf War was in fact; one of the most efficient military operations the United States Armed Forces has ever participated in. It was quick, efficient, and accomplished the goals we set out to do, and as one of the first boots on the ground, my unit and I did our part. We helped lay the groundwork for the Army and other branches to step onto the sands, and saw actual combat up close, which is something that most modern military personnel will never have to experience. President Bush sent us in, and brought us out without a large loss of life, and while we helped install a new government, it had the effect of stabilizing a region that was previously untenable. Lance...

Keeping The US Coast Safe

I have spent most of my adult life as part of the Coast Guard, and I loved every day of it. It has been one adventure after another, being part of different crews that have arrested hundreds of drug smugglers and confiscated countless tons of illicit drugs meant for our cities. I have been part of the maritime agencies that protected the domestic waters that border our country, and have played my part in keeping our society clean and safe. If you want to know more about what the Coast Guard does, then you should visit the Tampa Bay Veteran’s Alliance. Many of our vets visit there, and with a large port of call in Tampa, we are happy to educate our fellow Americans. Petty...

Proudly Serving As One

The United States Army has a long and glorious history. We have played our parts in most of the recent major conflicts that have taken the world by storm, from WWI and WWII to Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and even earlier wars like the Mexican-American War and our founding conflict, the Revolutionary War. I was in the Army during the early and mid 90’s, and I was on the ground in Bosnia during the ethnic conflict there. I took a bullet in my shoulder during the fighting there, but mine was nowhere near the worst even in my squad. My big takeaway as part of the Army is that we don’t have it anywhere near the worst compared to others. We are skilled, well trained and equipped, and have awesome benefits compared to other countries. You can do a lot worse than enlisting in the US Army like we did....

Air Force in The Middle East

Today, the United States Air Force is the largest, most capable, and most technologically advanced air force in the world. It has a rich, honorable history and we would like to honor your hero with a story submitted and approved for publication right here on our...