Deployment To Iraq
“You are order to active duty as a member of your reserve component unit for the period indicated unless sooner released or unless extended. Proceed from your current location in sufficient time to report by the date specified. You enter active duty upon reporting to unit home station”. These were the words telling me that I was going to Iraq, to fight and destroy the enemies of the United States of America and face one of my biggest challenges yet. Soon after I received my orders in the mail I had a dilemma, what’s going to happen when I tell my mother and the rest of my family? Have I been taking my family and friends for granted, now that I have this situation in front of me I realize that maybe I should have tried to spent a little more time with them. I had no idea how they were going to react, especially when my mother kept asking persistently “they are not going to send you to Iraq right?” it was inevitable, I had to say something or else the agony was just going to get worse and I had to get it out of my chest. So I waited after dinner and then without hesitation I said it, I’m going to be deployed to Iraq. The hardest ordeal was leaving my family behind, me being Latin American I come from a very close family, like every weekend get together kind of a family. When my mother got the news that I was going to Iraq she did what every mother in that situation would do and that is cry, cry, cry and more crying, she was inconsolable. After I talk some sense into the situation she calm down. I told her that everything was going to be fine, that nothing was going to happen to me but
deep down inside I was reluctant to show any emotions and not even myself did know, if everything was going to be ok. Seriously, I had no clue the reason why I had join the army, yeah most people say that they join so they can pay for their college, travel the world and yes that’s what I usually said when someone came up to me and asked why I had...
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