1. My dad was in the navy. Submariner service, then on a carrier during the Cuban missile crisis.
  2. My maternal grandfather was in the army. He served in WWII and Korea.
  3. My paternal grandfather also was in the Submariner service. I don't know much about him.
  4. My dad enlisted to get out of an abusive house.
  5. My paternal grandfather credited the navy with teaching him how to be a parent.
  6. My maternal grandfather committed suicide shortly after my mom's 18th birthday.
  7. My dad called being in the navy the worst experience in his life.
  8. So, why mention all this?
  9. Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and other such events are complicated for family members.
  10. Don't tell me I am not being appropriately grateful.