As one of my Army brothers says (and I am Navy and Navy Reserve, and an Army Civilian) we may fight amongst ourselves, but if you fight one of us you fight all of us.D. Gray, my service was an absolute privilege. I was able to provide some comfort to those who lost loved ones in NYC. I deployed to an area that was an easy deployment, although my wife may disagree. I had the privilege of being an Army Warrant Officer, the greatest privilege, outside of my relationship with Jesus and my family, that I have ever known.I honestly can't compare my experiences to those who went before me. I had amazing NCOs who served in Vietnam and taught me well. 9/11 does bring a lot to mind, but I am so grateful to have been there. If you are ever in the Albany, NY area, or in Georgia, where we intend to move in a few short years, I would love to have that cup of coffee. It might be at my home, as I roast my own beans. But, you will always be welcome. We give our fellow service members a hard time for choosing 'lesser branches,' but when rubber hits the road, all joking goes to the side and we support each other. I don't care if someone served for four years or fourty, they are welcome at my home.
I too am blessed to be able to serve (I served active duty in VA-145 from 1988-1992, and was in Desert shield and Desert Storm).
Now I am glad you aren't a Marine because then I would have to buy you a pack of bubblegum Crayons as we all know Marines are Crayon eaters
Oh and home roasted whole bean coffee sounds delightful as I drink fresh ground coffee using Costco's Kirkland brand beans.