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.

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.

 

From War to Somewhere Far

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Image Credit: af.mil

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.

The First of Many Travels: Venezuela and Food

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Image Credit: venezuelanfoodie.com

Living years of my life in service to my country through joining the military did not make me lose my desire to travel and create adventures. My body desires for movement and adventures, thus, made up my mind that I shall travel the different parts of the world in order to satisfy my need for something new.

I started off my travelling adventures with Venezuela. After years in the Atlantic, my body wants to find peace and celebrate the good life in the good old sizzling country of Venezuela.

And by sizzling, I do not just mean the weather, but of course, the food as well.

In any other part of the World, even in Venezuela, there are food favorites that no matter how loaded with calories, people just cannot get enough. For Venezuelans, there is a lot of ancestral influence in almost all things, including food choices. For they are mainly influenced by Europeans – Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese to be exact, famous food in this country are also as calorie-loaded as that of other European countries. Staple foods include corn and rice while potatoes and yams are among the favorite veggies, as well as beans.

Some of the famous dishes from Venezuela include, for one, Arepa, a flatbread made of dough that is eaten almost daily, and is accompanied by a wide array of choices such as cheese, avocado, or jam, depending on what one feels like eating it with. Another Venezuelan delicacy is the Pasticho, their version of the European Lasagna. As for snacks, one of the most famous Venezuelan snack, and a wedding favorite, is the Tequeño. It is an elongated bread filled with white cheese and deep friend to perfection. They really like food stuffed with delicacies in the middle. Another example of which is the famous empanada. Venezuelans also love their selection of breads. Their breads are not your typical bread full of yeast and dough. They have fillings that differ from bread to bread. They have pan de jamon, which they stuff with ham, olives, and raisins. This is a most delighted sight especially during Christmas. Other breads are pan de Dulce, pan de Sicilliano and pan de Dulce.

To love food is never a wrong thing. After all, a happy stomach equals a happy person, and a happy person equals a happy life. Also, it is a necessity.

Experiencing the culture of a country through their food is a wonderful thing. I will be sure to come back to this amazing place, if life permits me.

Hope you had fun reading my blog and I will be telling you another story in for another adventure in another country, really soon!