A Veterans Appreciation for Home

Nick Colletti, a former Army National Guard infantry soldier, has an appreciation for home that many of us couldn’t imagine.

Nick’s Wife Pam Welcomes Him Home from Iraq

Guest Blog Post by Nick Colletti

“Appreciate the little things in life.” We have all probably heard that expression before, but how many of us TRULY understand the concept? We all have traveled different paths in our lives that have either intersected or deviated from each other, and that’s perfectly fine. That’s all part of the road map we call life!

As an honor to Veterans Day, I was given the opportunity to share some of my own experiences with you. My name is Nick Colletti, and I am an Affiliate Service Manager for the Northern Region at the Coldwell Banker corporate office in New Jersey. I spent 8 years in the Army National Guard as an Infantry soldier. During my time in service, I was deployed on multiple stateside missions, as well as overseas tours.  My first year long deployment was to Guantanamo Bay Cuba performing detainee operations, and my final deployment was a year-long tour in Iraq in 2009.

Although my combat tour ended a few years ago, I can still vividly remember fixating on all of the little things I could be doing home during that time. The things I was missing out on…. The things I took for granted….. Should I have McDonalds today or Burger King? Do I get out of bed or hit the snooze button one more time? What should I do on Friday night? As trivial as these decisions may be, they are just a few of the many freedoms we each possess in this country. In Iraq, a few memories I would often find myself day dreaming about included watching the snow fall from the safety of my heated living room window as a kid,  going for a joy ride after begging my father for the keys to his car, and enjoying time with my family on football Sunday. These types of memories are what kept me “Home”, even though I was thousands of miles away in a combat zone. Simple, yet precious memories that truly helped me find comfort in a harsh reality. The more time I spent away from home, the more I began to appreciate all of the freedoms I had enjoyed previously. Like many other Veterans, my memories made me realize and appreciate the true value of home.

With that being said, I would like to personally thank all Veterans, both past and present who have honorably served this great country. I also would like to wish each and everyone one of you a Happy Veterans Day.

Lindsay is the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and is a licensed real estate agent. She was born and raised in New Jersey and just bought her first home in Livingston, where she grew up. When Lindsay isn’t busy facebooking, tweeting or instagramming she is enjoying life with her husband Joe and cat Rory. She enjoys binging on Netflix, cooking and Zumba.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bgawle Bob Gawle

    All So true. Also the 10th (tomorrow) is The Marine Corp Birthday SEMPER FI

  • http://www.facebook.com/tfrewen Terry Frewen

    Thank you for sharing Nick, and THANK YOU for serving us!

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  • Kathy Beckes

    Thank you for sharing and Thank you for serving our Country! It is because of you and other Veterans that we are safe in our homes. I would personally like to Thank all the Veterans who served for our Country. I lost my beloved Father who died due to serving his Country. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. May God Bless you Nick today and always. Thank you!

  • Christy Hartman

    Mr. Colletti, thank you for reminding all of us how lucky we are to be Americans living in a free country because of people like you. Christy Hartman Bend, Oregon

  • Bonnie Rens

    Hello Nick,
    Thanks so much for sharing your story. I feel blessed as an American to know we have people like you that share their world with us and wanted to let you know you make us proud to say Thank You. For all you do.
    Bonnie Rens, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Realty Group, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

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  • Clara Schafer

    Thank you and all who served or serving our country now. My son is in the MO Guard and has had 2 tours in Iraq, been on board patrol and has a possibilty of having to do a tour in Afganastand next year. God Bless our boys who we all love.
    Clara Schafer, Coldwell Banker Select

  • Ashley larsen

    hi nick… Glad your finally home safe and congrats on getting married. Hope all is well.