Battle buddies become family
SPC Supply Clerk (Former Employee) – Massachusetts – April 24, 2017
I got a lot out of being in the National Guard for 10 years. I learned how to practice self control and discipline, how to carry myself like a professional and the importance of attention to detail. I became mentally tough and resilient. My battle buddies became my family, which was great for me since I had no family and really needed to change my environment. While the heroin epidemic destroyed my friends and hometown, I was able to make a better life for myself. For that, I will be forever grateful.
On the other hand, I deployed to Iraq and came home pretty messed up. Riddled with anxiety and PTSD, I have been struggling to acclimate to home life. Too anxious to take advantage of the school benefits and struggling with chronic back pain sustained from a training accident, I think overall, I broke even.
Security/peace of mind
Injuries, deployments, PTSD, suicide rate