I am a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Army (six years enlisted and six years officer). I am currently a Captain in the U.S. Army, serving in the Foreign Area Officer Corps as a European region specialist, with a focus on Russia and Eastern Europe. I am currently on a fellowship, studying international policy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
I have served most of my time, enlisted and officer, in Special Operations units, deploying multiple times to central Asia, Southeast Asia, and North Asia.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo.
In today’s social media world, we see service members sharing more and more of their daily professional lives online. With the proliferation of sites like U.S. Army W.T.F. Moments, the general public gets a glimpse into the lives of everyday Americans who serve their country. Whether these posts be humorous, heroic, or just stupid and dangerous, they are out there and the trend is not going away.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
This is not an endorsement for any political candidate. Rather, this is a call to arms — to vote! — for all veterans and active military personnel. Your vote in the 2016 presidential election is more important than ever, because if we veterans voice ourselves in the full-throttled manner to which we are accustomed, our votes will be a deciding factor, regardless of which way it swings.