I thought when I left the Navy I would quit traveling, and I was wrong. The Navy made me spend months away from my family, and I told myself I would quit all that when I became a civilian.
As I write this I am on the road again, missing my daughter’s soccer game and my family, just like the old days. Just like thousands of others – those who are actually in uniform – are doing right now.
Just like the old days, there is paperwork. We must keep all receipts and maintain accurate records. I know that somewhere in my future awaits a travel claim that must be filled out.
But just like the old days, there will be a homecoming, with hugs and smiles all around. By the time you read this, I will be back in the arms of my family. That is what keeps me going. It gives me something to look forward to.
I can’t say for certain it works both ways.