i serve my country

I’ll Be There For You

Trigger Warning:This was a request by an anon, I don’t know much about the military or PTSD, so please forgive me if this isn’t on point.

I’d been gone for two years, serving my country in Afghanistan as a nurse in the United States Air Force. I’d met Jax five years ago, when I was stationed at Beale AFB. We were married two years ago, then I was deployed.

After ten years of service, I didn’t reenlist, I wanted to start a family, and be a wife. I was released from service a month early, I didn’t tell anyone I was coming home early; not even Jax.

I didn’t want any big fanfare made about my homecoming, I just wanted the peace and quiet. My nerves started to work on me, as my cab approached TM. My heart rate picked up, the sights and sounds around me started to blur.

I took a deep breath in, releasing it slowly, maybe this was a mistake. Getting out and coming home. In our four year marriage, we’d only lived together for two years.

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I will use my strength as an athlete, my training as a lawyer, and my heart as a mother to serve my country well. I will never give up my fight to provide a better life for those who are marginalized.  —Pia Cayetano

This Filipino feminist ran for senate, ran for the gold, and then ran straight into our hearts. Happy birthday to Pia Cayetano, athlete, lawyer, and senator extraordinaire. She is best known for pushing the enactment of the “Magna Carta for Women”, a law to end all gender discrimination in the Philippines, but she also fought hard for children, the elderly, and other marginalized people. Throughout her career, she’s advanced reproductive rights, mothers’ rights to breastfeed in public, and furthered public health initiatives, all while training for her next Iron Man competition. This #WomanCrushWednesday, we are proud to honor this incredible woman warrior. And to wrap up, here are 5 fun facts you probably didn’t know about Pia Cayetano:

1. She was the youngest woman elected Senator in the Phillipines. She first entered office at just 38 years old!

2. She’s got a big heart. She’s founded two charities in memory of her father and brother to fight for children, the disabled, and the underprivileged.

3. She means fitness. Pia did an Iron Man triathalon (that’s 70.3 miles!) and placed second in her age group at 5 hours and 57 minutes.

4. She was a star on the track and off. As well as being an incredible athlete, she also hosted her father’s show, Compañero y Compañera.

5. She even owns her own cafe. She owns and manages Slice, a cafe and pastry shop serving bites, coolers, salads, and Pinoy favorites.

“Words cannot express how much this young man standing beside me means to me. I had my son my senior year of high school and then I went off to serve my country in the Army in which I still serve. Now I’m graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics the same year he is graduating from Kindergarten. We are accomplishing goals together!” - Father and Son, Maxie and TJ

This is everything! Please continue to share graduation stories and pictures with us. #BecauseOfThenWeCan

anonymous asked:

why did you join the navy?

So I’d have something cool to put in my bio😛 nah but I joined because I want to be part of something I can be proud of. I want to serve the country I live in and do my part I guess. Plus I take pride in doing something that means something you know? Not just working some retail job I don’t really like with a boss who doesn’t give af. I wanted something of substance that would make me a better person for doing. It’s been good for me and I’m sure I’ll learn so much as time passes.


”The government created me in 1941 - created me to act as their agent in protecting our country and over the years, I’ve done my best! I wasn’t perfect - I did things I’m not proud of - but I always tried to serve my country well, and now I find that the government  was serving itself.” Captain America #176

I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

I am very proud of my service for our country. I have served selflessly for nearly 9 years. I want to continue to do so, but i also want to be open with who I am. I’m not sure if this is entirely possible. 

Once I come out, I won’t be a Staff Sergeant anymore. I’ll be the “gay Staff Sergeant”

I don’t want that. I just want to stand out for my work. Not for the gender of who I love.

This is the real issue I have with coming out. 

At the end of the day I don’t, and encourage everyone else to not give a Damn of what people think about you. 

But, I want people to judge me. Not my sexuality. 

Today, I fucked up... by singing Love Story by Taylor Swift while doing guard duty

This happened last week. I am a full-time soldier serving my country and on this particular night, I am carrying out one of the obligatory duties of being a soldier, guard duty. I was given the role of sentry which basically requires me to stand at a sentry post and remain vigilant for 2 hour shifts. It was around 3am in the morning and there wasn’t a soul around. The entire time, Taylor Swift songs were flooding my head and I was quietly singing them in my head.

In the spur of the moment, I decided to sing out loudly since I was really itching to do so and nobody was around to listen. This is when the fuck up begins. I was about 1 minute into singing when my guard commander (basically a sergeant who is in charge of all the guard duty personnel for that day) comes out of the guard room and hollers at me to shut the **** up as I was disturbing his sleep. I instantly became red as a beetroot and ended my solo concert prematurely. At the same time, I was perplexed as to how he could even hear me singing as there was no possible way anyone in the guard room could hear me.

I looked around me and discovered that the ENTIRE time, I hooked the walkie talkie onto my uniform in an odd way that had caused the Push-to-talk button to be depressed. In other words, my satanic singing had been heard by all the other duty personnel who were carrying their walkie talkies. Needless to say, I was really embarrassed.

edit: the comments are too funny to leave out; all about the taylorswift

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“When I joined the Syrian army, there was no war yet. I just wanted to serve my country. But now everyone is forced to do horrible things. One time we were marching and a single bullet came from a village. Our commander told us to go into each house, one by one, and kill everyone inside. The village was a Sunni village, so our commander ordered all the Sunni soldiers to lead the attack. Anyone who disobeyed would be killed themselves. We did our best to aim over the heads of the people who were running away, but forty people were killed. A few nights later I fled in the middle of the night.” (Lesvos, Greece)


- I always felt the need to HELP people, and tonight I got that chance. I didn’t travel two-thousand lightyears to be an assistant

- You know for the longest time I dreamed about coming overseas and be on the front lines. SERVING my country. I finally get everything I wanted, and I’m wearing tights.


When they came to me… I had a week to decide. I went home. I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody. I was 16. I took my mother out to the Lopatinsky Gardens. I was gonna break the rules, but I was gonna use tradecraft. I told her everything. I… I didn’t know what to do. She didn’t blink. She told me to go and serve my country. When I was called, my mother didn’t hesitate.


Doing the 6 selfies (but it’s 7 pictures and 3 aren’t selfies, sorry) because 2015 is nearly over and it’s my birthday and I’m 24 and feeling reflective.

This year was such a whirlwind. I toured the country, had 2 of my books published, and served as editor and publisher on 5 books by brilliant women through Where Are You Press. I had my first viral poetry video, was on a few bestseller lists, featured at over 50 readings, made the cover of my hometown’s newspaper, moved in to my gorgeous apartment and spent another year with my wonderful boyfriend. I also went to too many funerals and struggled a lot with my mental and physical health.I dealt with the stress by self-isolating a lot, which was both comforting and lonely. 

Now 2016 is almost here and it’s shaping up to be wonderful. I’m looking forward to focusing on becoming a kinder and more open person, working hard, and making time for other people. 

Anyways, thank you all for loving me and my work even though I’m just a weird little goober with a blog. You’re the best and I want to keep working hard to be worthy of this life.