June 16, 2013
" They only saw the best and did not known the rest."
Daddy rest with Jesus...
by Robert Earl Hutchinson
Get everything out, with your Father, before another night passes. Too many times the distance has grown with the years away. In my case I think we got things right but I will never be sure. For years my life I was in another world and Dad was part of the world I left behind.
As we retire or depart from the Military, we start "Second Careers". Our children grow-up and move away, to another world. I go to see them twice a year. On average that is about twice the times per year that I went to see Dad and Mom. When you attend 12 schools before you graduate from High School, there is no "Home Place" on this earth.
Along the way, too many Military Dads learn about the the 10 ten year law. Married for over 10 years on active duty, get a divorce and pay approximately half retirement pay, until death. This law was the result of too many Military Dads being complete failures as husbands and fathers.
Some Military male personnel have not learned that "Breeding" is not being a "Father or Dad". 48% Percent of First Children, nationwide, are born to unwed mothers. The number of unwed Female troops bearing children is on the rise, along with the national trend.
"My babies Daddy", is alive and well in our PC Military. No "Stud", Father's Day is NOT your day. Unwed parents are becoming an unwanted cost and there never was of benefit to the Military. Longer Stateside tours, up to 4 years, are in the plans for the Army 2020 to "enhance" family life. This has become a major factor in Support Units. When Mom is called to a Combat zone, where does baby go? No Dad in sight, one Hardship Discharge coming up. No replacement in sight.
Out of this mass comes a core of Men who are Great Dads and Father's. Maybe they learned from their Fathers’. From whom shall future sons learn, when there are no Father’s in the home?
"You can check-out anytime you please, but you can never leave"......
Too many of our Retired Military, have been in "Saigon" since they departed Nam. For others, Agent Orange is taking its toll. The average age in our Military family, for suicide , is 60 years old, at an average of 22 per day .
Over 40 years and the number of names of KIA grow. Somebody send a memo to the VA.
Good night John Boy and all the ships in the Southern Seas....