MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)

Veteran's Day

By:  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  •  Personal  •  2 weeks ago  •  17 comments

Veteran's Day
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -- John F. Kennedy

I just wanted to say thank you to all those who've served in our military. 

Any chance I get to thank veterans, I do. If I see a license plate that indicates the driver has served, I thank them. If I see someone with a VFW hat on, I thank them. If I see a young man with a military uniform on, I thank them. 

I used to work for AM General some time ago and I built prototype HMMWVs in various configurations, as well as prototype parts and armor. I was proud to help protect military service members. Many of those working at AMG had been in the military; most of which had served in the Army or Marines. When I was 17, I took the ASFAB and did quite well. I had wanted to join the USAF. The programs that were available to me, as a woman [back then, women weren't allowed to do many things as many of you probably know] that I was interested in pursuing. The Army recruiter was kind enough to explain what my scores meant even though he knew I wasn't interested in the Army [he joked with me about it though]. I would've joined during the Clinton administration. Today, I sometimes kick myself in the butt for not defying my mother's wishes [and ignoring her threats to break my foot] and joining. The thing is... I would not have put it past my mother; breaking my foot to prevent me from going into the military that is. The men in my dad's family had joined the Navy. The men in my mom's family had joined the Army. There was only one person in my family [either side] that joined the USAF, also a man. I would've been the first woman in my family to join the military. When my daughter showed some mild interest in the USAF, I was supportive. She's since changed her mind, but I would've supported her decision.

So, thank you to all veterans from the bottom of my heart.



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MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)    2 weeks ago

Thank you!!!

Vic Eldred
2  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

Thank you!

3  Sunshine    2 weeks ago

Thank you!

Just Jim NC TttH
4  Just Jim NC TttH    2 weeks ago

Thank you!

5  1stwarrior    2 weeks ago


We've left too many on the battle fields - but, the surprising thing is that the veterans are ALWAYS there for us, regardless of the challenge.

MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
5.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  1stwarrior @5    2 weeks ago

Too true 1st.

6  GregTx    2 weeks ago

Thank you 😊 

Greg Jones
7  Greg Jones    2 weeks ago
8  Kathleen    2 weeks ago

Thank you..jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

Perrie Halpern R.A.
9  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

Thank You! (yeah dad, you too!)

10  JaneDoe    2 weeks ago

I appreciate all our veterans. Thank you!

Trout Giggles
11  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago

You're younger than me and I joined the Air Force in 1987. Aircraft maintenance jobs were all open to women at that time. The only thing that I can remember that women couldn't do was serve in any combat role, but it didn't take long before the first female fighter pilots were being trained at one of the bases I was stationed at.

Even vehicle maintenance was open to women at that time

MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
11.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Trout Giggles @11    2 weeks ago

Mechanical was always available for women. There were many in the Army and Marines that were not available. USAF had the most opportunities for women in regard to jobs; that's why I considered USAF over other branches.

Trout Giggles
11.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @11.1    2 weeks ago

So why didn't you join?

MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
11.1.2  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Trout Giggles @11.1.1    2 weeks ago

Threats from my mother.

Trout Giggles
11.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @11.1.2    2 weeks ago

oh. Always empty threats at least in my case

MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
11.1.4  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Trout Giggles @11.1.3    2 weeks ago

Not from my mother. She would've found any way she could to prevent me from joining.