Should he stay or should he go to school after he departs the military? Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta announced that he will not reenlist and depart the military and pursue his college completion in Colorado. By no means is he required to continue his service in fact he has not only served honorably, he has served above and beyond as he was the latest recipient of the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan. But should he stay or should he go?
What is best for himself or best for the country?
It’s a difficult situation and there are many factors over him while making this decision. With the experience he has, could it be better for his country for him to stay and perhaps be a teacher in one of the many military schools or simply as a mentor/role model in the Army? He states he desires to pursue his college education but why not stay in the military where he could receive the same education, probably at the same school while the military pays for it as they do for anyone moving into active duty and pursuing college. Currently in the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team . However, as a living Medal of Honor recipient he may simply want the extra attention to end. Perhaps along with several additional psychological factors impeding on his decision he just wants a normal life. Unfortunately, after you receive the MOH, I don’t think anything is ever normal again.
Think back to the times of WWII and the famous American flag raising on Iwo Jima and Ira Hayes was sent back to the states to sell War Bonds. He felt guilt that he was in the US while his buddies were still at war. He didn’t want to be a “poster child.” Granted we aren’t in the same situation but could the living MOH recipient do something like Ira Hayes did?
What say you?
In the end the Staff Sergeant has made his mind up (perhaps like Bret Farve he will have a change of heart and stay for one more season) and has currently released he is departing the Natl Guard. Check out the below poll and tell us what you think he should do.
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