I knew I wouldn’t have to deal with devastatingly long deployments at sea or constant relocation so his military service wasn’t a potential hinderance, but a celebrated past accomplishment.
I didn’t foresee his time in uniform as a consistently working cog in our future relationship but, then again, I had never dated a veteran before.
Williams we are all interested in your new boyfriend. I stopped playing with boys when I stopped dating black guys. Interviewer – So you prefer to date white men instead of black guys? If you are a successful black female you only have two choices…outside of your race or date other successful black females.
Interviewer – Are you saying there are no successful black men to date?
We're a brotherhood of "warriors" --nothing more, nothing less, pure and simple.
We are in the ass-kicking business, and unfortunately, these days business is good."Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. I can remember standing in a land fill in southern Iraq where we began one of our attacks, and watching my guys so tired from lack of sleep....literally fall on the ground, with their gear on, on top of each other. The real stars are wearing body armor on top of their battle dress uniforms in 130 degree heat and they do not have stunt doubles to come in for them when the going gets rough and the bullets and the shrapnel start flying.
Serena : Of course not but lets face it, if Oprah would date outside of her race she would be married with children now. You can only offer shelter and love and watch as our neighbor’s pitbull protects his home and family.
The state of most black men is so low the only thing you can do is love them. I, unlike Oprah, am not forced to stay within those boundaries. Interviewer – So Oprah is being forced to date Stedman?
And it wasn’t until I started living with and had a child with a veteran of the United States Military, that I realized that while he left the military years ago, the military cannot – and will not – leave him.
For someone who has never served in the military, it is difficult to fully comprehend all the complicated ways military service weaves into the very fiber of one’s being.
Military members are broken down in boot camp and built up to not just be altered men and women, but trusted, forever soldiers.
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded stench of the smoldering contents of a half of a 55 gallon drum, fired by diesel and stirred by the 1SGT’s worse screwup, is much worse.