I often wonder how I was fortunate enough to not be involved in one of the many conflicts and wars that have occured in my lifetime. I was born in 1964, right in the middle of the Vietnam War and remember Walter Cronkite leading off the newscast with reports from the battlefield every evening.
While I attended college in 1983, the US intervened in Grenada. In 1989, I was a 25 year old newlywed when the US invaded Panama. Then, in 1990, the US fought in the Persian Gulf War. In these wars and conflicts I was in my late teens and twenties, the optimal age for a soldier. In 2001 the US invaded Afghanistan and two years later invaded Iraq. By this time I had reached my late thirties, but certainly was still young enough to fight and serve in these wars.
In the conflicts and wars that have occurred in my life, where I was of the age to participate, the draft was not in effect, and because I did not volunteer, I never went into the service. So, I am so very thankful for those that made the decision to defend our country, a choice I did not make.