This weekend I went home to take advantage of the last long weekend I will have that won’t be spent on homework, playing a sport, or catching up on sleep. I got an Amtrak ticket to Boston, which is pretty close to where I live, and I got the ticket with a military discount. While I was home, I got to see the new Lone Survivor movie with a military discount. And even riding the T (Massachusetts’ commuter rail train), I got a free ride for being in the military.
I was honestly humbled that all of these businesses have military discounts. It shows that people still respect our military members, and I greatly appreciate their support. In the midst of our long conflict in the Middle East and the tensions in Congress, some people have lost faith in our government. However, it is nice to see that the military members are still respected (at least where I live in the Northeast).
It is an honor to be a part of the United States military. Even though I am only in training to be an officer at school, I am still part of America’s armed services. If the United States needed the Coast Guard to go to war, we would join the Navy, and we would be deployed for active duty. Remembering this fills me with pride and reminds me that I joined the Coast Guard to protect and serve the people of the United States.
Thank you to all our readers who support our military, the Coast Guard, and the Academy. I am thankful for everything you do, no matter how small.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Hunter.D.Stowes@uscga.edu.
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