I think about our veterans all the time and what it must be like trying to re-integrate into civilian society particularly when you are fresh out of the service. I think it must be easier for some than others but I imagine nobody makes the transition without a few bumps. I’ve read first person narratives and engaged in conversations where veterans described the move from military to civilian life as somewhat disorienting. One of the specific things cited was a feeling of “not having important work to do anymore.”
While I don’t have anything to compare that feeling to, I can empathize from afar. I know it’s a lot more complicated than just that one feeling and that it encompasses much more than I can understand. Beyond just saying “thank you” to our veterans I wish all of you in that weird “middle time” between worlds knew how much we still need you, want you and appreciate you.
Of course, you’ve already done enough for your countrymen but many of you end up continuing to serve the public when you’re no longer in the military. Some of you go into teaching, some into policing and firefighting, some of you volunteer at your children’s schools (we have Watchdads at our local elementary school and most are veterans). Some of you take other jobs to hold house and home together but all of you have special skills honed by your years serving your country. In this world, you never know what’s going to happen. When the wolf comes knocking, it’s good to know that there are a few men out there who have the experience, skill and willingness to mount a defense.
Many of you are sheepdogs going into the service…and you’re sheepdogs, forged by fire, coming out. You change your clothes but not that part of your mindset. I for one, am delighted to know you’re out there walking among us…keeping watch…
There’s still plenty of important work to do.