I think about it everyday because I am surrounded and inspired by the people who do and have earned honor under fire. I work around and am surrounded by those now living on the civilian side of having earned the honor.
A few year's ago I was introduced to the "Warrior's Code of Honor" written by Paul R. Allen. I have routinely read this Code of Honor on a monthly basis simply to remind myself of some key principles and to read the very powerful words.
"Earning honor under fire changes who you are.The blast furnace of battle burns away impurities encrusting your soul.The white-hot forge of combat hammers you into a hardened, purified warrior willing to die rather than break your word to friends – your honor."
"You did your duty, survived the dance, and returned home. But not all of you came back to the civilian world. Your heart and mind are still in the Warrior’s World, far beyond the Sun. They will always be in the Warrior’s World. They will never leave, they are buried there. In that hallowed home of honor, life is about keeping your word."
"People in the civilian world, however, have no idea that life is about keeping your word. They think life is about ballgames, backyards, barbecues, babies and business.The distance between the two worlds is as far as Mars from Earth.This is why, when you come home, you feel like an outsider, a visitor from another planet.You are."