Rhodielifter saidI feel guilty at times, but now for medical reasons it is very unlikely that I will ever be able to do my part so that someone else won't have to.
Never feel guilty; feel proud.
When I was an Army Major and taught the ROTC program in college, each semester I would tell my new Cadets this, that I still remember by heart:
"Anyone who wears the uniform of the United States is a hero. Whether you serve in combat or not, you are a hero. The "US" you wear on your uniform makes you a hero.
You have chosen to do something that many cannot, or will not. You are heroes, every one. You are the living embodiment of selfless sacrifice that has made our nation great.
You have entered the realm of heroes. I honor and respect you for that. Know that nothing you experience during your training, however demeaning you may find it, detracts from the great admiration I already have for you.
You have chosen to serve your country in a very difficult way. I will do everything you do, right alongside you. Your training will be tough, and I will try to stress you, physically and mentally.
You are destined to lead others. But before you can do that, you must learn to master yourselves. That will be the essence of your training. You will learn technical skills, but you will also learn leadership skills. For to be an Officer is to be a leader."
There was more I said to them, but that's enough that may be relevant to this topic. Remember, you put on the uniform of our country, and that makes you a hero.