It was a kinder, gentler time back in 1983 -- Ronald Reagan was President, John O. Marsh was Secretary of State and Caspar Weinberger was the Secretary of the Army. The biggest conflict the United States had was with a place called Granada. It was a few years before Oliver North and the Iran-Contra Affair.
1983 was the year I joined the Army. I quit my not-so-lucrative job at a printing factory in rural Minnesota and enlisted. My friends were certain I had lost my mind and my parents thought I would be home within a week. I shipped off to Fort McClellan, Alabama on a cold morning in February. It was a day that changed my life forever.
If you know a Veteran, be sure to thank them today. Tonight when you go to bed be sure to include those men and women serving in the military in your prayers.