Not Enough!!

I graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on December 21, 2006. Spent 2 years in Monterey California and then got re-classed to Ft. Lost in the Woods. Stationed in Iwakuni, Japan in beginning of July 2009. Deployed to Afghanistan in May of 2010 to December 2010. I hear the news and see the body counts going up for the Marine Corps. Most of them under the age that I am. I feel like I haven't given enough. I feel like the men I see that are getting carried home are not the ones to come home like that. They have a wife and kids and I don't know why it was them and not me. I am not married and have no children. Why is it that I couldn't take their place. I feel like I owe that. Did I give enough????
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1 Response Sep 20, 2012

I notice that you graduated boot camp almost exactly 20 years after me...Feb of 1987 is when I went across the parade deck at Parris Island. I got lucky and served in peace time, no wars for me...and no guilt. I got out just as my unit was deploying to Iraq. (I was discharged with a service-connected disability, but that's another story.) Anyway, the point is that everything's a roll of the dice, man. If you feel guilty go volunteer at a local veterans hospital. That'll definitely replace your feelings of guilt with feelings of thankfulness.

Thanks for your service, and Semper Fi