The events of 9/11 influenced my decision to want to join the Marines. I heard from my friends the horror they experienced living in NY and felt the uncertainty we faced on the west coast too. Since that moment our entire country changed and the specter of terrorism was in every training exercise in the Marines. The burden for the war on terror has fallen unfairly on all the lives of those in the armed forces. I’ve seen the exhaustion of the endless deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the lives of my friends. Listening to some of the family stories is one of the reasons why I knew it would be unfair to marry Carmen and to put her through that kind of torture in our new marriage. It was something I felt I needed to do for my family but I always felt guilty hearing from my friends who soon deployed after they graduated as officers. I got their phone calls about how the war effort seemed to never end and the pain their family was going through. It’s been 17 years since that terrible day and it seems like our country has forgotten that thousands of Americans still fight this war on terror and their families still bear this burden. Today is a day to pray for all the families who are still fighting this war. #911 #Waronterror #armedforces #USMC #Navy #Marines #September11

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