Veterans Day

Yesterday was Veteran’s day here in the United States of America. This is a day we set aside in this country to honor our men and women who take up the mantel of protecting our great country. Those who have served with honor and have made it home.

There are so many in my family, we go back centuries in this country. I am so proud of the men and women who have fought for the freedoms of this country. The very freedoms we enjoy to this day. 

I have brothers, a nephew, cousins and uncles and an ex-father-in-law who have all served this country with honor. Before them, in the very first Continental Army, my ancestor proudly fought for the freedom to form this country.

I have a multitude of friends who have proudly served this country. Taken the oath to protect the Constitution that formed this very land of liberty.

Without them we would fall to anarchy, socialism and complete chaos. 

On Veteran’s day and every day we should be honoring them and protecting their legacy of service. 

Some made the ultimate sacrifice, those we honor on Memorial Day.

Veteran’s Day we honor the ones that made it home, what we forget is what they bring home with them.

In some cases they bring home PTSD, in some cases they bring home incurable diseases (agent orange in Vietnam took one of my uncles after he came home). In some cases they come home to homelessness, loss of family, divorce and no support from the very government they chose to protect.

We have to do better for our Veteran brothers and sisters. We have to promise to protect them once they are done protecting us. We have to ask ourselves why is our government prioritizing illegal aliens over our veterans? We have to ask ourselves why we have so many veterans that need homes, mental health services and yet we give free services to people who break our laws and come here illegally.

We have to do better, we have to rise up as one and protect the ones that chose to protect us. 

When we, as Americans realize that the need to come together as one and stand for what this country was founded on, we are an unstoppable force.

To all of my family members, friends and colleagues that have served this great country in our Armed services, I solute you. You deserve all of the opportunities that are to be had in this country. You should come first and foremost, before people who break our laws.

I stand and solute you, I pray for your safety and every day you should have first place in line for, well, everything.

My grandmother saw all five of her sons go off to war, the majority of those fought in WWII, one in Vietnam. She saw grandsons go after that, I can’t imagine what she felt having to say goodbye to her sons, never knowing if she would see them again. 

Thankfully they all came home, she did get to see them again. However, she had to watch helplessly as some never recovered from their time in service. 

Love of country is something that has always been instilled in Americans since before birth. We need to instill that in our children and their children. 

Gratefulness for the Job I Never Knew I Wanted

With it being November everyone is talking about thankfulness. So I thought I would tell you one thing I am incredibly thankful for. My job, and I will tell you why I am so thankful, no matter what happens on the job or how stressful it becomes.

I was a divorced mother of three children, I had been divorced almost four years, life was not going well. I was working three jobs, going to school full time and raising three children. 

I worked at a children’s clothing store, church daycare and babysitting in my home. My car was falling apart, it was hard to make ends meet and I never slept. 

One day a friend of mine asked if I wanted a real job, I said I don’t know what that means because I work three real jobs.

She came over that evening with an application, stayed and watched me fill it out. Then hand walked it to the head of HR in the company she worked for. Did I mention the head of HR at that time was her best friend. Had been the Maid of Honor in her wedding. Yes, nepotism at its finest, I have no regrets.

The next day I received a call from said head of HR, she asked me to come in and test. Back in those days you did not interview for this corporation for an occupational job, you tested. I will admit I don’t know how you get hired these days. I went in, took a typing test, I type 95 words a minute with a 98% accuracy. I passed, she then had me take a Word Perfect test, I scored 100 and she said I can’t give you a perfect on that so she marked it 95%.

She then offered me a job, it was Operations Clerk, the position had been open for a while because no one could pass the typing test. The requisition said it needed 45 words per minute, no one could pass that, let that sink in.

I accepted, I said I needed two weeks to give my current employers, I never looked back.

The pay that I started out at replaced all three jobs that I had, I finished out the semester in school and didn’t finish my degree. I am ok with that, I was able to provide for my children, go to their school functions, sporting events and could pay the electric bill and buy groceries. It was very literally a God send moment. 

I was able to live in nice neighborhoods, send my children to good schools.

Also being an Operations Clerk was hands down my favorite job at this company, why you ask, good question. Because it was my first job, it started the whole thing, I learned what this company was, it taught me the bedrock of this company and how important its function is in society. 

Telecommunications is what keeps everyone connected, especially now, it is more important than ever in this world. 

24 years later I have worked a few different jobs and moved up the occupational ladder. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to pull myself up and achieve professional meaningfulness in my life. 

Yes my friend provided my foot in the door, but since that day I have worked hard and proven myself a worthy employee.

Is it my calling in life? No. Is it something I can feel accomplished with at the end of the day? Yes. 

I have not only found a place I feel useful, I have made lifelong friends. I also found a place I can be as nerdy as I really am and be accepted. 

So on this day I am really grateful for my job. Oh and some things that have happened and I have witnessed will be taken to my grave. As usual any comments, questions or criticisms can be left here or sent to angie@angieworld.com.

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