ScriptIntro: George Geib grew up in a home of 7 siblings, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. He was the only one out of the family that went into the army. He flew helicopters for 20 years in the united states army. He then went on to teach new soldiers how to fly apache helicopters before being diagnosed with vertigo, which is the build up of inner ear infections or diseases that cause dizziness from 20 seconds up to a minute. This tragic diagnosis ended his career as a pilot because it was no longer safe to be in the air flying when at any moment in time he could get dizzy and crash the helicopter. His impact in the army also made a great impact on 2 of his 5 sons who have now joined the military and army to serve for our country.Me: Has your view of the rest of the world changed as a result of your experiences?George: Yes, my war experience changed my view of the world. I empathize now with a country that I might never have visited. I have a better grasp of the chaos and horror of war, and I appreciate life much more than I did before I went.Me: Overall, looking back on your military service, do you consider it to have had a positive impact on your life?George: Yes. It had huge positive impacts on my life, many of which I’m still figuring out.Me: Is your view of “the media” positive or negative?George: My view of the media is generally negative. I believe there are exceptions, that there are talented, genuine stories being done by talented and dedicated journalists. But for the most part, I’m unimpressed and shocked at how poor and one-sided the media spin can be.Me: Any ideas for things that we can do as individuals to show our support for the troops in the field that really work? George: Yes, troops love and appreciate care packages. These can be snacks, personal hygiene items, movies, books, music, etc. I always appreciated it when people would include a personalized note and maybe a picture of their family. It made me feel closer to home, and that fellow citizens were concerned for me.Me: What would most help military families get through deployments, and help assure that marriages survive this very stressful experience?George: Shorter deployments for families. A strong sense of duty and partnership in the marriage before you leave. These can all help, but nothing can assure that marriages survive. If they are not strong, they may fail.Me: What music did you listen in the army?George: The bluesMe: What do you listen to now?George: I still listen to the same genre of music Me: Are you optimistic about your future?George: Absolutely. More than ever before.Me: Are we mature enough as a country to thank those who risk their lives on our behalf while voicing our outrage at the actions of the politicians who put them in harm’s way?George: To people who support the troops but not the war — that is your right. But remember there was someone holding a gun who fought so you can have that right. It is tough for me to smile when someone tells me that they support our troops but feel the war is wrong. I stand there and smile and say, “Thank you for sharing your feelings.” I think people say that because it makes them feel better to say it, but they really mean, “Thank you for your service, but really you are an idiot for following that insane president.” I do not want to hear it.Me: Would you volunteer to go back into the army?George: No. I personally won’t leave my kids again.Me: What would you say to a young person who is thinking about joining the military?George: Do not go into the military service like its a game. It is not a game. Yes, you will learn a lot. You will enjoy a sense of fulfillment. But like everything else in life, and even more so if you go to war, you will change. That is an absolute. And you may not like the changes.Conclusion: George geib has given up a lot for the army and his family, he is a very happy and selfless man with a very positive outlook on life. George does not suffer as much from vertigo as he did 10 years ago, but he still has times where he gets very dizzy. The army changed george and his family forever in positive and negative ways, but his experience definitely makes him appreciate life much more.