I’ve never hidden my military background – it’s right there in the name of my website, my Twitter bio, and my gamer tag. But it’s also not something that I have gone on about at length in my videos or writing. After all, no one wants to hear an old veteran’s rambling stories about “back in my day.” And any good stories I could tell are either classified or likely to cause a fight with my wife.

But I don’t exaggerate when I say that the military made me the man I am today. So when I got the chance to appear on the Inside Military Esports show, I didn’t hesitate.

For something that involves being surrounded by people who direct nearly every moment of your day, being in the military can be a surprisingly lonely experience. I remember very well what it was like to be a young soldier, away from home for the first time, but full of the same questions and uncertainties as any other young man.

The guys behind Inside Military Esports are doing more than just promoting gaming with a military-friendly slant. This is an effort to connect soldiers, airmen, and sailors through a shared love of video games.

People who aren’t into gaming or don’t understand the culture generally have no idea how it can bring people together. Just through my website, videos, and tweets, I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of young soldiers (and new friends in general). It’s a medium that lets us share our passions, joys, and frustrations. That’s important for everyone but especially valuable to the men and women serving in our military, who are often hungry for the normalcy and sense of home you can get through gaming.

So please watch and share my interview on Inside Military Esports. You should check out their other episodes too. It’s one of those times when gaming really does good.

And as always, feel free to contact me on Twitter @gatorsixcharlie to talk about gaming, the military, and my current problems with the revised Taco Bell menu. Merry Christmas!

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