I just joined the American Legion. I've stayed away from veteran's organizations for many years because I wanted to put it behind me. Well, as you get older things become more important to you. That's why I posted with the Security Police badge of the US Air Force. I watched the video that my friend Z posted and it made me think that what one accomplishes in life is important and really is a big part of you. When I went to Vietnam I didn't really think about it too much. I put it behind me and moved on.
I was lucky enough to have a great career in law enforcement that lasted 26 years. Then I put that behind me. Now I teach high school and I love it. What I didn't realize is that whether we know it or not, we live in the present. And that's a good thing I think. Most importantly, what I didn't realize is that no matter how hard we try our experiences are a part of us. It becomes us, I think. I figured out that I am the sum total of my experiences. No matter how hard you try to put things away, they are really always there.