My Dad Nearly Died At War And I Had To Make My Choice

  • Published on Mar 12, 2019

    This is Danny, and this is the story of how he crushed his father's dreams to follow his own.
    His dad is a military man, and that basically set the course of his family’s life. They've lived all over the country: New York, Texas, Alaska, California, you name it! It's hard to make close friends living like that, but it's alright - Danny also has a little brother and sister, so he’s not totally alone. Their parents are strict, especially his dad. He always said that he was going to make real men out of his sons. Danny’s not sure how his sister fits into this concept, but that doesn’t stop his dad from trying. In order to do that, he applied military standards to parenting. If they misbehaved, they were punished like REAL SOLDIERS. Usually, it was stuff like doing push-ups, running in circles around the house, and worst of all - cleaning duty. Let's just say that after they flunk tests at school, their toilet is shining for weeks.
    Don’t think that his dad’s a crazy tyrant or something. He's honest and brave and strong, and... Danny could go on forever. He also leads by example. When he messes up, he has to fix it. Like, this one time they were camping, and he managed to forget the tents and they spent the night in the rain. It was still great and they learned how to build a shelter in the wild, but the following week it was their dad who had to do all the chores in the house for them.
    So, it’s no wonder Danny always wanted to be a soldier like his dad. He supported Danny and taught him how to handle weapons (not real ones of course), how to survive in the wild, some first aid, and some fighting tricks - stuff like that. After the 8th grade, he was supposed to go to military school in New Mexico. His mom was against it since it was in another state and he would be far away from his family for the first time. But he was determined.
    So, while his dad was on one of his deployments, he got accepted to military school! He was thrilled. He couldn't wait until his dad got back home so he could tell him the news in person. Danny knew he would be so proud of him.
    A couple of weeks after that, they were informed that his dad had been seriously wounded. Danny won't go into details, but it was bad enough for him to be sent back a bit earlier.
    His mind was racing with thoughts and memories. He knew that some soldiers didn’t come back home. He knew that Mrs. Hale had lost her husband, and that his friends’ mom returned from her deployment with a gunshot wound. But it had always happened to someone else. Not to their family, not to HIS DAD. Suddenly, it all became so very real, and not that appealing. He didn’t want to admit it, even to himself - but he was scared. If his dad could get hurt there, then he definitely could too. Danny started to wonder what would've happened if it had been him instead of his dad out there. What if he got shot or killed, and then somebody would have to go tell his mom that he wouldn't be coming home?
    When his dad finally got back, he stayed in the military hospital. They visited him often, to the point that Danny started to get bored going there. He tried talking to the medical staff but that didn't work out. They were nice people, but their patience was limited, so mostly he was shooed away by everyone. Except for one person - Jane. She was a nurse, and didn't have much time for him. But she tolerated him enough to answer some of his dumb questions about his dad’s health. She even gave him all these pamphlets about physiotherapy treatments and some other medical stuff. He got really into it, and started digging for more information on the internet. Partly, just to impress his dad. And maybe Jane, but mostly his dad.
    Anyway, time went on, Danny’s dad was progressively getting better, and Danny himself was getting more and more interested in medicine and less interested in going to military school. The only problem was telling his dad about it.
    So, he worked up enough courage and finally told him that he wasn’t sure he wanted to be in the military or move to another state for military school. He didn’t really have time to say anything else before he was interrupted.
    His dad said he couldn't just throw away everything he'd worked so hard for, that he’d wanted it his whole life. And that eventually he would change his mind and regret it. “You've already been accepted, you're going. Period.”
    Danny panicked. He knew he needed to change his dad’s mind. So he started talking about how scared and worried he was for him. He told him that he never really understood before how dangerous a soldier’s job was and that he didn't want to do it...

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Comments • 2 909

    ACTUALLY HAPPENED  9 months ago +966

    Are you a Military Brat too? Or maybe your parents have your future planned ahead for you? Share your stories in the comments if your parents are like that. Like and subscribe if you enjoyed my story!

    • crib_yt
      crib_yt 3 months ago


    • Evolving Dragon
      Evolving Dragon 4 months ago

      Why not be a medic for the military

    • Angel Castro
      Angel Castro 6 months ago +1

      No but my sister was when my father wss in the marines before he decided to settle down

    • Besties4ever 101
      Besties4ever 101 6 months ago

      ACTUALLY HAPPENED I’m a military brat!!

    • Tribecca Bess
      Tribecca Bess 6 months ago

      I am a military brat

  • joellen Michinko
    joellen Michinko 7 days ago

    My dad's Uncle from Korea my uncle from Vietnam war

  • argonunya
    argonunya 9 days ago

    New York = Fort draum, Texas = Fort Hood, Alaska = Fort Wainwright, and California = Fort Erwin

  • Luminita Matei
    Luminita Matei 12 days ago

    Mai mami splendens

  • kendall hafford
    kendall hafford 20 days ago



  • Marina Mendoza
    Marina Mendoza 20 days ago

    The last was ww2

  • your mum
    your mum 23 days ago

    My great grandfather died in the RAF he was shot down in Dunkirk by a Nazi stuka

  • KwanTing Tse
    KwanTing Tse 26 days ago

    I am from HK I can’t go to military because there is no military

  • Filip Jezercic
    Filip Jezercic Month ago


  • Yashira Santiago
    Yashira Santiago 2 months ago


  • V3XED F1ery
    V3XED F1ery 2 months ago

    What war?

  • Grisel Mayorga
    Grisel Mayorga 2 months ago


  • Chromozonian Trickery
    Chromozonian Trickery 2 months ago

    *bruh, whos excited for military school at all? no one.*

  • moosah khan
    moosah khan 2 months ago

    Air Force brat

  • Judith Biggs
    Judith Biggs 2 months ago

    It kibof sanb lick my store my sitr is men dit at my sistr is nise

  • ELHAM Waseel
    ELHAM Waseel 2 months ago

    How about Virginia dude

  • Alif Islam
    Alif Islam 2 months ago

    Yes but my country's Military sucks

  • Herowebcomics
    Herowebcomics 2 months ago +1

    I'm an army brat!
    And thanks to my dad's PTSD I never want to go into the military!
    I'll stick with my Kung fu and civilian life!
    I am glad things worked out for you though!

  • Fariha Mohamed Hilmy
    Fariha Mohamed Hilmy 3 months ago

    It's following your passion that matters 😄

  • life of gamer
    life of gamer 3 months ago

    yeah i want to be zidar

  • Zobia Arshad Faisal
    Zobia Arshad Faisal 3 months ago

    My dad has a big business and I am am the oldest child so he expected me to take over when I am older but I want to be a artist and after about a million arguments I am going to Oslo national academy of arts

  • Trey Raven
    Trey Raven 3 months ago +1

    I will join military at 18

  • K It
    K It 3 months ago

    This sounded way more dramatic than it was.

  • Smøre
    Smøre 3 months ago

    I wanna be a marine

  • Alpha Void
    Alpha Void 3 months ago

    I know a kid who is planning to be in the millitary

  • Eugene Lau
    Eugene Lau 3 months ago

    It was either law or military for Me in schooling years. My Mum ruined it with the doctor!!

  • alyssa_ here
    alyssa_ here 3 months ago

    I’m a military brat to my dad used to be marine but he stopped when I was little so it would be easier on my mom cause I had already had 5 siblings

  • zay l
    zay l 3 months ago

    I live in New Mexico 😁

  • Chloe 2⃣5⃣
    Chloe 2⃣5⃣ 3 months ago

    UPS person drops off a package
    Someone rang my doorbell and left a mysterious box on my door

  • Nicole Mathias
    Nicole Mathias 3 months ago

    Have you lived in Delaware

  • Sr. SlugSalad
    Sr. SlugSalad 3 months ago

    *cries in browning 50 cal machine gun turret*

  • Haohan Zhang
    Haohan Zhang 3 months ago


  • oh yeah yeah
    oh yeah yeah 3 months ago

    i em a swat brat

  • Ela Moonsamy
    Ela Moonsamy 4 months ago

    All I feel like saying is HI

  • Katherine Xuzhao
    Katherine Xuzhao 4 months ago

    Title: *My Dad Nearly Died At War And I Had To Make My Choice*
    Me: Are you Mulan?

  • depressedhamburger
    depressedhamburger 4 months ago

    I’m pretty sure the us uses the M 16 not the ak 47

  • hassan khokhar
    hassan khokhar 4 months ago +3

    Medical school interview: Why do you want to be a doctor?
    A saw a hot chick at the hospital when my dad was being treated and realized I want to be a doctor to get with chicks like these

  • Marvin Laureles
    Marvin Laureles 4 months ago

    Wanna be a soldier but don't wanna get hurt! Unpatriotic coward

  • Lilgodofwar07
    Lilgodofwar07 4 months ago

    I live in new Mexico

  • Dominic And Abby
    Dominic And Abby 4 months ago

    He like jane lolll.

  • Steel Upbeat
    Steel Upbeat 4 months ago

    Period sis

  • Fadhila Lucky
    Fadhila Lucky 4 months ago

    Those punishments don't sound so bad😅compared to no tech for a week or being slapped around or shouted at

  • Faveritwand 176
    Faveritwand 176 4 months ago

    What about you be a medic like a compromise

  • Недка Бонева

    I died at 0:35 or 0:36

  • Thu Phương Thu
    Thu Phương Thu 4 months ago

    i Don't like it because I think your dad tried to kill my country

  • Astro and Teddy
    Astro and Teddy 4 months ago

    I just realised if you’re a parent and your only child was gay or lesbian and you really want a grandchild it must be devastating

  • seher malhotra
    seher malhotra 4 months ago

    maybe u can be a military doctor

  • atifah ibnat mounota
    atifah ibnat mounota 4 months ago

    I am a military brat☺

  • DeathHidden
    DeathHidden 4 months ago


  • Asian Dod
    Asian Dod 4 months ago

    In a war, there are losses on all 3 sides. The allies, enemies and innocents.

  • aisho mohamed
    aisho mohamed 4 months ago

    I would change my mind and regret it you’re already accepted your going period 😭

  • Sophia Keeney
    Sophia Keeney 4 months ago +1

    My dad’s a Air Force veteran and my mom is a nurse

  • joellen Michinko
    joellen Michinko 4 months ago

    My uncle keath served in Vietnam war and I was so close to him and Meghan relationship because of US military and I wanted to join the military after college in 7th grader I had to go to a family reunions and realized that my uncle Keith was not going to see us forever he was the oldest Vietnam soldier who ever livedI I didn't have time to pay his respect or didn't even have time to go to funeral because of school he always wants me to join the military

  • firetammer19
    firetammer19 5 months ago

    Omg my dad was a marine... I felt all of his pain.

  • Ewelina Mocek
    Ewelina Mocek 5 months ago +1

    I Can Speak English:)
    1. No, I'm Not a Brat!! & My Mom Wants Me To Study English To Go To English Collage.
    2. Request: by Kenny | ''I Became a Military Soldier at 16! It's My Father's Fault!'' (Boy)

  • Ewelina Mocek
    Ewelina Mocek 5 months ago

    I Can Speak English:)
    1. No, I'm Not a Brat!! & My Mom Wants Me To Study English To Go To English Collage.
    2. Request: by Kenny | ''I Became a Military Soldier at 16! It's My Father's Fault!'' (Boy)

  • Kirinka Inka
    Kirinka Inka 5 months ago

    You could become a doctor in the army And I'm Polish but others asked me to write it on the English channel

  • Trevor McConnell
    Trevor McConnell 5 months ago

    I mean you can do both be accepted into the military, then with your healing talent you can be part of the medical team

  • the dark angel
    the dark angel 5 months ago

    Are u in love with jane janni?;)

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