I saw this posted on FB somewhere a while ago and unfortunately I don’t know who wrote this to credit them.
If you served your country be proud of yourself and what you did, not everyone gets deployed, many of those people do a lot of work here back here be it rear party helping out a deployed member’s family taking the stress and worries away so that they can focus on their mission.
I have great pride in my service even though I wasn’t kicking down doors or jumping out of airplanes.
I twisted wrenches, changed engines, transmissions, differentials, wiper blades, oil changes, doing recoveries, following along with a combat team to support their mission if something broke down or, in time of tragedy, when a vehicle hit an IED.
Receiving a thanks, a hug, bottle of water, pat on the back, exchange of reading material, etc meant more to me than a medal on my chest because to this day I still get a thanks or acknowledgement from people.
That’s what the brotherhood (and sisterhood too) is all about…
A proud RCEME mechanic