When I was a kid I used to dream of joining the Army. I wanted to be like those guys on the commercials who held guns and fought wars. I wanted to parachute from planes and run obstacle courses. My dream of joining the Army lasted until my older cousin told me that the Army pulls unwilling kids from their beds and sends them into war unprepared and ready to die.
The whole scene my cousin painted for me scared the crap out of me and I was officially done wanting to be a soldier. Although I eventually learned the truth about the Army, I still never really got past that fear.
When I became draft-eligible, I counted down each year I was eligible and silently worried that America would once again use the draft and I’d end up serving in the military.
I respect those who serve our country and those who have already served our country. They provide each of us with a tremendous service that requires unbelievable amounts of courage and strength. They have courage and strength that, to be honest, I just don’t have.
There are two things that would definitely give me the courage and strength to join the military. Those two things are my daughters. If my daughters joined the military, and I had any realistic chance to serve by their side, I would enlist in a heartbeat. Because I don’t think watching my daughters go off to war as I sat at home would be bearable. I understand that at some point parents have to take a step back and let kids make their own decisions and live their lives, but this is an area where I don’t know if I could just take a step back. Hopefully it’ll never come to that, however.
One dad from Michigan had the opportunity to head off to war with his daughter. This dad and daughter from Vasser, Michigan headed off to serve a year in Afghanistan together. Master Sargent Tim Larrison served a year in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. When he was done with that service he was eligible to retire from the Army Reserves. Instead of retiring he signed up to serve another year in Afghanistan so he could join his daughter, Specialist Katelyn Larrison, who had also joined the Army.
The father-daughter team began their service together in February 2012 and recently returned home to a crowd of people from Vasser, Michigan who had gathered together to cheer the father daughter team.
Sargent Larrison has to be one of the fathers of the year, if not THE father of the year. This dad was willing to risk his own life so he could accompany his daughter to a dangerous place where she was risking her life. The bond that those two must share has to be pretty incredible. In my view, Sargent Larrison is one incredible person and father.
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