Boever’s Bunker: Intro
Our good friend, Dan Boever (REMAX Long Drive Champ, golf entertainer and all around good guy) shares his experiences in Iraq as he takes part in “Operation: FORE the Troops”. They say it’s a trip to “visit the troops” and “entertain”, but we know the government’s real motive…it’s Dan’s ability to snipe at 380 yards with a Pinnacle golf ball.
As I finalize my preparations to take part in “Operation Fore The Troops”, I am again reminded of the amazing sacrifice our troops make to be away from their families. I will be gone for 10 lousy days and I can’t imagine all the things I will miss out on during that time period. Ten days? When you compare that to a year of duty or two or possibly more, I am embarrassed to even see the words on paper.
It was about a month ago that I first learned through good friend and two-time USO participant Art Sellinger that I may have the chance to go on a trip to visit our troops in the Persian Gulf. I would not get confirmation until about two weeks later. It was during that time that I shared the news with my wife of almost 20 years, as well as our 17-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. It would be a 10-day trip away over the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 19-29.
From the first moment I mentioned the news to my family they were adamant that I should go. They all have a great heart for others and they never even considered the possibility of saying no. Being on the road 150-175 days a year with my golf-entertainment business I knew that 10 days off in a distant land was something I really had to think about. As much as I love what I do, I detest being away for any amount of time. That sweet little 17- and 15-year-old were 5 and 3 “just last week” it seems.
Even as I thought of time lost with my family I knew in my heart I had to go. I remembered a few moments I shared with actor Gary Sinise. He visited with me about some of his many trips overseas and he told me that if I ever had the chance to go I needed to do it. He, like Art, said it would be a life changing experience.
How many countless troops will I meet that have their own sweet babies waiting for them back home?
Ten days . . . I don’t believe I could give 365 of them. What an amazing sacrifice.
Learn more about Dan at his website DanBoever.com
- Boever’s Bunker: O’Hare Scamper
- Boever’s Bunker: Road Trip
- Boever’s Bunker: Palace Visits
- Boever’s Bunker: Boots, Batteries & Baby Wipes
- Boever’s Bunker: Drowsy. So drowsy.