I’m 19 years old and I joined the navy right out of high school. The main reason I did it, despite the cliche, was to get away from a lifestyle that would’ve gotten way worse if I stayed. So i started off by getting the tear drop, to remind myself of where I was, and that’s as close to it as I ever want to get again. Then I heard the song “Soul Vice” by a band called Trapped Under Ice, and one of the lyric says “Live with the vice” and it hit me, that everyone, whether they admit it or not, has a vice in their life that either holds them back or will never go away. This was MY way of acknowledging MY vice.
Gonzalo Mendez, USN. TUITILLIDIE