Following Orders Was a Must in the MIlitary, because Your life Depended on it

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Here are a couple more basic training stories:

My company went together to the grenade range.

It looked fairly easy. Just just be in the bunker, pull pin, and throw. Well of course, the guy right ahead of me had his grenade slip out of his hands and the instructor got him away before he could get injured.

So, I wasn’t as confident when I stepped in.He reminded me what happened to the soldier ahead of me, and repeated, “Take grenade, pull pin, and throw.”

I did exactly what he said to do, and I was successful. What I learned from that was, not matter how cocky you think you are be alert, and do exactly what you are told. That was the common thought throughout basic training.

My drill sergeant was a feisty guy.

He was only 5’7″ at best, but he definitely in charge. He would get in your face and scream if you did something wrong. He seemed very angry at those times, but I later realized that he was just trying to make us good soldiers.

He spent one Sunday working over me verbally. He had me go out in the parade ground and dig a big hole. He handed me his cigarette and told me to bury it there. I was able to do that with much sweat and grunting.

When I was finished burying it he said, “Dig it up again!” Al I said back to him was “Yes, Sargeant.” Of course, I had to fill up the hole again.

Towards the end of basic, he came to talk to me privately. He said, “I have been very hard on you. I wanted to see what you were made of. I liked what I saw, so I am nominating your for soldier of the month.”

I wasn’t selected as Soldier of the Month, by just the honor of being nominated was enough. He went on to name me an honor guard. We were in several parades.

What I learned from all of that was that there are times when you have to learn to accept orders, and do them quickly. That really prepared me for active duty.

Both of these stories are in my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life. Many more are there.


How was your basic training?

Fun and Games, or do you have some bad memories from it?

You are not alone, my friend. There are over 11,500 fellow veterans here who have your back.

I remember a few guys who didn’t make it through basic. It was just too much for them.

If you have had some not so good memories from the military, and they control you, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. It has highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are ok.

Do not take on this not so friendly world alone.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1



You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!


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Veterans Day Free Meals

I have the good news for all our veterans. The list below should give you a full day of free meals.

My plan is to go to IHop For breakfast, Applebees for lunch, and Red Robin for dinner. Then start a diet. LOL Enjoy!!

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VETERANS DAY FREE MEALS – Monday, November 11, 2019

Applebee’s Veterans Day Free Meal
Veterans day free meal.

Buffalo Wild Wings Veterans Day Free Wings and Fries
Free order of boneless or traditional wings plus a side of fries to vets and current military members.

Cracker Barrel Veterans Day Free Dessert
Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake or a Crated coffee.

Denny’s Veterans Day Free Grand Slam
Free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon.

Dunkin’ Donuts Veterans Day Free Donut
Free donuts to active duty military and veterans.

Golden Corral Veterans Day Free Meal
From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals and a beverage.

Home Town Buffet Free Meal
Veterans may eat for free plus a bottled beverage.

IHOP Free Veterans Day Pancakes
Free breakfast combo or a free stack of Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes.

McGrath Fish House Free Meal
Free meal from Veterans menu.

Olive Garden Veterans Day Free Meal
Free entree from a special Vets Day menu with unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks.

Red Lobster Veterans Day Free Appetizer or Dessert
Free appetizer or dessert from a select Veterans Day menu.

Red Robin Veterans Day Free Meal
Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak fries.

Sizzler Veterans Day Free Lunch
Free meal until 4:00 PM — choose from a 6 oz. Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken, or Half Dozen

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