Written by Media Center Intern Lexi Lewis
Some may think that Veterans Day is just another day we get off school and work, but it is so much more than that. This holiday is for paying tribute to all American Veterans. Veterans Day was originally known as “Armistice Day”, and originated on November 11, 1919. This is the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
If you’re considering joining the military, there are many opportunities and benefits. It consists of six different branches. They are: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and Space Force. Each of the branches have their own active-duty and part-time components.
Many people are unaware of the various jobs available to them in the different branches. There are over 800 of them. When you hear about jobs in the military, you probably just think of infantry. Some of the others include: engineer, pilot, police, nurse, doctor, officer, and many more.
Whether you join part-time or full-time there are many good benefits. One of them being a guaranteed paycheck and cash bonuses. You get to travel the world and get paid while doing it. Another benefit is advanced and specialty training. These are skills you will have the rest of your life.
In my opinion, the best benefit they have to offer is college tuition and repayment of college loans. They will help you with your college expenses whether you are active-duty or reserves. In some positions, they will even pay for all of it. The military is a great opportunity if you want to go to college, but don’t have the money to pay for it. There are numerous other benefits, but these are just the main ones.
As the sister of a veteran, I know the importance of what they do. My brother enlisted into the Navy straight out of high school, and was active duty for six years. Afghanistan, Spain, Africa, and Germany are just some of the places he was deployed to. He was stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi. After getting out, he proceeded to get a degree in criminology, which was completely payed for by the Navy. I am extremely proud of him and everything that he has done.
On Veterans Day we honor all of our veterans. So, on this day thank a veteran, let them know they’re appreciated. We should all learn why they are so important and why it is so important to serve and protect our country.