Being Grateful For A Good Life After War

People call me brave for serving in the military for several years. This makes me really happy and proud. It is a good feeling when people appreciate your efforts and see you as someone who is courageous enough to think of others and the country, before thinking about ourselves.

But no matter how brave a person is, there will always be incidents that would melt a heart to the point that tears would fall down and the video below is something that really brought tears to my eyes.

Aside from the fact that it showed how people are generally selfless, it showcased help for people like me – veterans.

The video series is called “What Would You Do?” and for this episode, an actor pretended to be a veteran who unfortunately ran short on cash to pay for his groceries, which included items that are obviously for a baby. The cashier is also an actress who tries to establish to people that the man is a veteran and has a family and has been struggling financially.

The stunt was to see how the people behind the “veteran” would react to his situation.

The results were really heartwarming. It really showed that people have high regard for veterans. They give value to the phrase “Thank you for serving the people.”

This was not just emotionally touching for me just because the person in the limelight is a pretend veteran. Of course that is a factor, but it was also touching because it made me realize that I should be thankful for the fact that despite the difficult life I lived, I am still able to make ends meet. Other veterans are not as lucky. For many reasons, their compensation do not give them enough to live better lives, financially speaking.

This does not mean that they deserve less respect. We must never judge them because some veterans just really find it difficult to pick up where they left off. Meaning, they cannot cope as much as they want to, in terms of living a normal life away from the battlefields. Some find it difficult to land or keep a job because post-trauma and panic attacks develop and make it dangerous for them to work with other people, while others find it difficult to leave their homes because they think that life has become so short that they would want nothing else but to spend as much time with their children, wife and family.

Whatever the reason may be for a veteran to financially struggle, it is always a good thought that a lot of people, like those in the video, as well as numerous organizations and government agencies.

I think I would like to take this opportunity for all those who made a veteran’s life easier in any way. At the end of the day, it won’t matter how big or small the favor you did for a veteran, what would remain is the happiness that is brought about by the gratitude that veterans feel for those who appreciated the service they gave to fellow civilians.

 

A Soldier’s Life: The Difficulty of Moving On

Soldiers are considered heroes. In fact, they are modern heroes for they offer their life to the country. They put their life to danger just to make sure that we all sleep soundly and peacefully at night. They endure the time away from their family and loved ones just to safeguard their fellow countrymen. They missed a lot of important events such as anniversary, birth of their child, graduation, and the likes. Every time they go on a mission the truth haunts them that there will be a possibility that they will no longer see their family.

John was a soldier and he spent 20 years of his life in the military service. He admitted that there came a time when he felt like he was going to die. The thought of not being able to see his wife and children frightened him. He missed a lot of important events in his children’s life. Now, after spending 20 years of his life serving his countrymen, he finally decided to retire. His decision made his family very happy, especially his wife. His wife said that they are growing old and it is time for them to make up for the lost time. John all wanted right now is to serve his family.

As a brand new start, John and his family decided to move to a house of their home. When he was away, his family lived in a housing project for the families of soldiers. He wanted to move away as part of starting over, and because he fears that if he stays too close to a community full of soldiers, he will remember the scary memories of his life in the military. Yes, there are also good memories to be nostalgic about, but he wants to be a regular person since the moment he decided to retire, and he feels that staying in a house that reminds him of his past will not help with his goal.

Thankfully, his wife and kids were supportive of his decision. At first they found it difficult because it would mean living friends behind, as well as other memories they shared in the place. However, they know that other families had to go through worse, like actually moving from one place to another every time a soldier in the family needs to be assigned to a different place. They were solid enough to stay in a single place no matter where John was assigned. So, they understood when John requested that they move away to start a new life.

This simple story of how a veteran has to move away from a place just to be able to start a new life truly shows that life in the battlefield is not as easy as movies and fictional stories say. Sometimes, its not at all happy endings, and sometimes, soldiers may come home whole, but their minds and hearts are bleeding and broken.

Thankfully, a lot of people are able to showcase much love and respect for soldiers and veterans.

Veteran Soldier

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Encountering a Kindhearted Real Estate Agent in Anniston

Anniston is one of the most sought after places for migration because it has opened its doors to overseas workers and immigrants. This is an economical tactic by the government that has been working for their favor ever since. That is why economic progress in the country has been very significant.

Because of this rampant immigration by people from around the globe, the business of real estate has also become a great place for business. People are looking for houses to live in and properties to own, and the real estate business is going crazy because of the growing demand.

As a retired veteran, it is only but natural that you would wish to live in a place that is as welcoming and relaxing as Anniston. I honestly considered staying in this city, that was why at some point I checked out available homes for sale in Anniston, to see if one would appeal to me, my budget and my lifestyle17.

I did found one that I would like to settle in someday. I very much considered purchasing the house because it is exactly how and where I envision myself spending the remaining years of my life. However, since I am still in a phase where I would still like to travel the world and go to places I missed out travelling to because of my assignments as a soldier, I decided to wait until I know for certain that I am willing to give up travelling for a quieter and serene lifestyle in Anniston.

 

For a while, I got a little embarrassed at the real estate agent who took care of my inquiries because in the end, I did not close the deal. I sincerely apologized to him, but he just laughed it off and said that it was his honor to assist a veteran like me, which he feels he owes me, after I took the courage to face wars for him and the country. I was greatly touched by how professional yet kindhearted this real estate agent was, unlike the other real estate agents I have encountered. It was also a happy thing to realize that there are still some people in the world who do their jobs with the pure intentions of helping others, which is miles above those that just do it to earn.

The real estate business is a tricky business because people are really very careful before buying properties that involves spending great amounts of money. And it feels so great to meet people who know how to respect the decisions of their clients, may they benefit or not, financially.

Rifle Scopes for Target Shooting

Hi there, name is Jeremy Hysell, and I am here to give you a few recommendations for rifle scopes.

Buying a rifle scope isnít just as easy as going into a store and picking out a scope. You should compare and contrast each one that seems like it would be a good match for you. You can find rifle scopes as cheap as $50, maybe less and scopes over $1000. Depending on your price range, you can get yourself a really good scope or one that is just going to get you through the hunting season until you can afford to buy a scope that is over $1000.

 

bushnell elitBushnell Elite Tactical G2 FFP Reticle ERS Riflescope 6-24x50mm. This scope is top of the line and costing a little over $800, offers a large assortment of fantastic features. This scope offers quality optics with amazing and HD clarity, durability built to last, side focus parallax adjustment for long-range accuracy that can be adjusted, adjustable power, tactical target scope with a magnification of 6 to 24x and a 50mm objective lens that offers exceptional brightness and magnification for extended-range shooting. Personally, I think this makes for perfect target shooting. This scope is also made from 100% quality materials that are used and tested extensively.

 

nikon scopeNikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope w/ BDC 800 Reticle. If you are looking for a scope that is going to last a long time, is waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof, this rifle scope is what you want. The Nikon M-308 has large magnification range with an oversized lens. If you are using a high caliber rifle for target shooting, the oversized lens is going to come in handy. It also has a quick-focus eyepiece for instant target acquisition and long range shooting accuracy. I think that this would be a cheaper alternative to the Bushnell Elite Tactical G2 since it is only in the $400-$500 range.

 

leupold scope

I hope that my recommendations will help you find the right rifle scope for your target practice. All of the scopes I recommended had high reviews and were mostly affordable. There are many different rifle scopes out there that range from $50 to over $1000. The one you choose should not just be based on price, but should be based on personal preference for your target shooting and what kind of qualities you are looking for in a scope.

Transitioning From The Navy To Civilian Career

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I come from a long line of military family on both my mum’s and dad’s side of the family. At present there are at least 6 of my extended family in the service and one thing we have often discussed is how to best transition a military career for a civilian one. For this post I would like to talk about one of my nephews who has spent 6 years in the Navy with 3 deployments to his name.

It goes without saying that the entire family is very proud of his accomplishments, but he really took a fantastic approach to the transition. Many service men and women use their military career as a stepping stone into an otherwise unaffordable college course. For Jason, my nephew, that didn’t sound all that appealing and he had seen many of his fellow sailors return home, go to college and just not like it.

Jason especially was concerned about the mundanity of going to college, so he spent the last 2 and half years in the Navy making preparations. First of all signed up for welding courses and got all the possible certifications going. This gave him a fantastic insight into a trade with a huge amount of work experience.

Then he underwent extended diving courses which set everything up for him to eventually be accepted into the Navy’s underwater welding program. It is a hugely important role and he gained a lot of work experience as there is never a shortage of repair work beneath the waves. There is similar underwater welding training available for civilians, but you can expect to pay over $15,000 just for the commercial diving license part of it.

When he eventually retired from the Navy he was 25 years old with full underwater welding certification and 12 months of intense work experience. This essentially meant that job offers came flooding in from all over the country.

In the last 9 months he has travelled from Maine to Texas and all along the West Coast where he has been mainly working for oil and gas companies. At present he has at least 12 months’ work queued up and he has started his own business looking to recruit some of his former fellow sailors.

This has now allowed him to be in a position where he earns in excess of $150,000 per year. Had he gone to college he would be waiting for 4 years with no income, with a hope of probably earning half that when he finished. However, his business idea is excellent and his current clients have already voiced interest in extending their orders for more former Navy divers.

His plan now is to hire at least two more retired Navy sailors with the full certifications needed. He will then be able to clear his backlog of projects in about 5 months and then spend a lot more time on the sales side of things. The main thing he is focusing on is the flexibility of being able to take on projects throughout the US, but he already has his eyes on international expansion.

There are numerous welding job prospects with very good income potential, so you should not shy away from this choice of career transition if you do not like the idea of spending a lot of time in and underwater.

Learning About Basement Waterproofing NJ Style

Basement Waterproofing NJ Techniques

My feet just can’t stay in one place for too long. Recently, I visited New Jersey just because I felt like going there. I had no plan whatsoever, I just went there and let the wind take me wherever it wants me to be.

While there, I happen to arrive at a local seminar for basement waterproofing. Again, I really had no idea how I ended up in that lobby of the inn. But hey! I was already there, might as well learn a thing or two that I could apply in my house when I get back.

The seminar is offered by a company that offers services in basement waterproofing NJ style, and other water treatment services. So as the seminar went, here are a few things I learned:

Woman Applying Basement Waterproofing NJ style

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Water damage restoration is the act of replenishing or restoring a house or building that has been damaged by water. This includes having to bring the establishment back to its state before the water damage took place, or to improve it into a better and more water-damaged proof state.

In the process of water damage restoration, there is assessment of damaged areas done through the documentation of the damaged materials and areas. Then they should determine the value of the materials that were lost or destroyed, which they can determine through standards.

After the assessment, comes the actual restoration process that is done using certified equipment and materials. The restoration includes the process of drying the structure, sanitizing the area from possible infections and contamination and deodorizing the area to rid of foul smells that have gathered during the infestation of water. Then refurbishing of materials and repairs are made. When the tasks are completed, the place is given a period of two to three days for reassessment. This is done to make sure that the work has no lapses and that no trace of the water damage is left behind.

Even as the seminar is sponsored by a company called Flooded NY, there were also brochures from other companies that offer the same services such as RDC Water Restoration (www.rdcrestoration.com) and Atlantic Water Damage (www.atlanticwaterdamage.com). From browsing the brochures, I can tell there is a huge difference in service fees from all these companies. No wonder it was Flooded NY that got the chance to talk at the seminar, maybe?

Now, are these information on water damage and basement waterproofing a lot of new things for all of us? Most certainly are! But very useful information and not at all a waste of a few hours of my time and stay at New Jersey.

I never really gave these things much thought, and this is the beauty that you get when you travel to places. You get to learn things you never really thought you’d spend time learning.

I will soon have these knowledge applied when I get back home. But for now, I wonder, where do I land next?

A Hero’s Hero: Mr. Plumber From C MAC Plumbing

This Anniston Plumber is a Hero

It is known that a soldier is treated as a hero by a lot of people. Who would not? The courage it took to risk lives for people you do not know, for your country, and for an ideology, is enough for a soldier to be seen as a man to look up to – a hero.

I can say this for a fact because I have also had my share of “hero” acknowledgements, every time I get the chance to meet someone who later finds out that I am a war veteran.

However flattering it is to be called a hero, I know that everyone are heroes in their own accord. Just recently, being the man that I am, I really still acknowledged the plumber we hired as my hero, because he saved me from a terrible, terrible plumbing fiasco.

Bathroom Plumbing Problems

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I heard a loud bang in our upstairs bathroom, followed by a loud hissing sound. At first I thought it was a gun was fired and aimed at my home that I had a mini panic attack while I hurriedly but carefully checked out what the problem was. When I got to the bathroom where I heard the loud sound, I was greeted by a massive leaking in the pipes under the bathroom sink. Water was everywhere so I rushed to our main water switch and turned it off.

I called my wife and asked her if she had the pipes checked and fixed the week before, when there was only a small leak. She said she did call a certain Ted’s Plumbing company and they were quick to send a man over. She said I should just call them back and tell them that the problem from last week got worse and is now become a bigger leak.

I told her I am not calling them back. After that sloppy job, why would I? I told her I would take care of it so she doesn’t have to worry while she’s away.

I checked online for local plumbers in Anniston, AL, and I did come across that Ted’s Plumbing company. In the back of my mind, I was remembering to call them later to complain. But first I knew I had to get the problem fixed by someone who can actually fix the plumbing problem, and not make it worse.

I read on and came across C Mac Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Services. They seemed to have a lot of good reviews from other clients and so I hurriedly called them to come over and fix the problem I had.

And what do you know, after a few hours of tweaking and checking, and changing pipes and whatever else they do, everything was spot on and ready for use again. I really showed my appreciation for them by calling them a hero’s hero, which they humbly rejected, and returned to me, telling me that their service will never compare to the type of service that soldiers like me do for the country.

They were really good people, and it was a great day, not because my plumbing system leaked out on me and messed our upstairs bathroom, but because once again, I am able to meet great people that are humble in their service. For me, those plumbers from C Mac Plumbing are the soldiers of our local plumbing industry, and I will be sure to recommend them to people that would need their services, at some point.

 

How Paleo Compass Diet Contributes to Good Health

Image of Paleo DietSome of the experts of Health and fitness are happy to know that there is a new diet that is available in several shops for those people who are health conscious. The Paleo compass offers a comprehensive list of organic food for anyone interested in the paleo diet.

This method is just one of the many types of paleo diet that exists among dieting experts. The paleo diet is considered and recognised to help people with their nutrition especially in losing weight. One of the source where I get information would be from foodcompass.co.nz. The paleo diet is a type of diet where people are following the eating habits of the hunter-gatherer cavemen. In short, it is a diet regimen where food should be 100% all natural and organic. A lot of people believed that the hunter-gatherer ancestors did not suffer the same diseases that modern humans have today. This diet encourages people to consume organic plants and animals. This includes meat, eggs, vegetables, fish and fruits. There are a few things to check before starting a paleo diet.

Things You Need to Know About the Paleo Compass Diet

1. Consult With Doctor’s Medical Advice

Like all diets, a proper examination is needed in order to determine that a person is suitable for the paleo diet. Check-ups for food allergy is important because a large percentage of the diet itself revolves around meat, poultry, and fish. The paleo diet is not for people with food allergies. People should always check if they have food allergies before starting the diet.

2. How To Get Paleo Diet

The paleo diet involves eating fresh meat, poultry, fish and vegetables that are organically grown. This means no chemicals should be used that may affect the growth and nutrition of the plant and/or animal. Organically grown vegetables and organic meat are expensive, especially when consumed on a daily basis.

3. Benefits

People who will start Paleo diet will help them reach an optimum level of health. It can help them lower food contents that are not nutritious and it can lower down their cholesterol levels of the their body. In this way, it will cut down the risk of having heart illnesses that will later cause death if not treated well. The goal of this diet is to set aside too much cholesterol and calorie intake of a person. The food choices for this diet are comprehensive and all of the choices are full of nutrients.

4. Success in the DietImage of Healthy Food

There are several ways to achieve your goal in getting the benefits of the diet. One way is to focus on doing the diet and follow the diet with consistency. It is important to set your mind that you will benefit from regularly following the diet. Another way is to appreciate every food in the diet because you will later then see the importance of it and how effective this diet is for you. Nowadays, different soldiers in the army are using the paleo diet, and they succeeded in getting the benefits of it.

From War to Somewhere Far

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There are a lot of happy and sad stories about the life of a soldier after he has come home from war. Some stories are heartwarming and are about rekindling the family ties that have been kept distant because of being away in the battlefields. Some stories are tragic, and are about the loss of the people they love in battle.

I am a soldier fortunate enough to be back and alive after years in service to my country. Unlike them, I have nobody to come home to. I knew the trials that would have to be faced if a soldier had a family he as to leave behind for war. That was not something I could not take. The only family I have right now, is my mother, who is making a great reputation as one of the attorneys in Anniston AL that is greatly recognized for a great winning record in trial cases. Even leaving her back then was a difficult choice but I had always dreamed of becoming a soldier and she was very supportive about it. She is also a very strong woman and I really love her for that.

She is just more than happy that despite her age, she still had the chance to see me come home. When I told her that she can stop working because I can support her with the money I get from my years in service, she said that it was what I earn and I should be the one spending it and enjoying it, not her. She just wants me to spend my life the way I want to, now that I am out of the battlefield. Indeed, there is no higher love than a mother’s love for her child.

If you want to meet my mother for any legal help you may need, you can check their Yelp page for more information. I guarantee you, she will help you through everything, as much as she has helped others and me, most especially.

Taking my mother’s advice, I went on with life and decided to travel the world. This world is too big and after being in the battlefield, I have come to realize that life is too short to live in doubts and what ifs. I have decided to live the moment and travel.

Now, I am moving on with my life. I was a soldier of war. Now, I would like to believe that I still am a soldier, but this time, I fight in my own pace, and fight for personal things. I hope this does not mean people would view me now as selfish, because I have been unselfish for so many years, offering my life in service instead of offering it for my own family, or even having a family of my own for that matter.

New Kind of Travel: Helping People

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I was just out on an adventure as a volunteer for a relief operation. I saw an ad put up by an organization that focuses on going around places that needed distribution of reliefs. They usually go to places that have been struck by calamities like typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, and the likes. The ex-military that I am, and now that I have started on my adventure as a traveller, I decided to sign up for just 1 relief operation.

Nothing makes travelling more fun than making it more exciting through helping others in need.

As it happens, the group not only supports calamity stricken places, but also those places where living is very difficult and people are really poor and hungry. They also support and visit places where indigenous people live.

When I joined, the team was headed for a rural part of the Africa. We were met with faces of both young and old, whose faces lit up the moment they saw our van. They knew they were going to get the help they deserved.

Being the new guy, I followed orders and started helping the others give out the relief materials. I was happy to see that they covered the essentials: food, clothes, shoes and slippers, blankets, mosquito repellents, baby formula milk, soap, etc.

While others wait in line for their turn, the children were also gathered and the volunteers put up a mini-show for them. They did basic magic tricks and had games where the children gladly joined in. Seeing the joy in the children’s eyes as they watch the simple show makes you see how important and life-fulfilling the experience is for them. For the man that I am, I could not help but shed a tear.

They also had doctor volunteers who gave free medical and dental check-ups. Throughout the entire trip, I was really touched at the wonderful cause that the organization has decided to pursue. At that time, I could compare their heroism to the soldiers of the country, except that they do these with their own group’s efforts.

Like soldiers, they conquer unknown lands and battle their fears and their doubts about what could happen to them on their relief operations. They focus on their goal, which is to help those in need; to give to those who have none.

I was really glad that I came to participate in that outreach program. Even if it was just a short term experience, it was very inspiring. It made my second escapade very meaningful and heart-warming.