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Old 11-11-2011, 12:29 PM
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I post this every year and never get tired of it. And I know and don't care that's it'd dup'd a billion times.

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What Is A Veteran


Some veterans bear visible signs of their service:
a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding
a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg -
or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's
ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who
have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi
Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored
personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks,
whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a
hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of
exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility
and went to sleep sobbing every night for
two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -
or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat -
but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account
rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to
watch each other's backs.

He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons
and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the
ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns,
whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever
preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor
dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield
or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket -
palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a
Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were
still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being -
a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in
the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions
so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness,
and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on
behalf of the finest, the greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country,
just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need,
and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could
have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot,
"THANK YOU."
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Thanks. <snif> <snif> Got something in my eye.
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Old 11-11-2011, 4:53 PM
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Thank You, TOO....
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Thanks for the post. As far I am concerned you can dupe this as often as you desire.
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Thank you.
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Thanks. That meant a lot to me.
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Excellent! Never forget!
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Thanks for the post. As far I am concerned you can dupe this as often as you desire.
I'm with Spanky on this.
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Im late to the party but thanks for this. My dog cried for me.

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I late too but thanks for the post.
ditto, x2
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:00 AM
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I'd like to resurrect this thread and again say thanks to our Vets.

Thanks!

Also like to add a pic of some shrapnel from a German mortar that was removed from my Grandpa some 50+ years after the war.

Thanks for your service, Grandpa!

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:06 AM
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Thanks; I had it a lot easier than many . . .
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Thanks. <snif> <snif> Got something in my eye.
its the smog yea thats it ^^ I never was able to serve but my father ,cousin and grandfather were in the navy & army and they all where great men . To all those who have served or are serving thank you for all that you do/did
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This holiday definitely has new meaning for me after joining the Navy in June of this year.
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thanks vets!
and if anyone knows of any activities\missions on behalf of vets in oc area hit me up.
im available.
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Thanks spareparts for resurrecting this thread. And thanks to your Grandpa for serving, and all that have served as well as those still serving.
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Simply put, a vet is someone who stepped forward when others were stepping back.

Heartfelt thanks to all who have served.
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Simply put, a vet is someone who stepped forward when others were stepping back.

Heartfelt thanks to all who have served.
Well put. I salute all those who answered the call to duty. I pray for them and their families daily and my flag will always fly in their honor.
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To all of you that have served this country, THANK YOU. I would also like to thank the families of all who have served. The military spouse, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. Without your sacrifice, we would not be the country we are today. I am humbled, and honored by all of the sacrifices that all of you make on a daily basis. I wish you all well, and again, THANK YOU.
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Thank you ALL.


Thanks also for bumping this thread up.
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Happy Veteran's Day to all my brothers and sisters in uniform, past, present and future.
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As I was driving north on 125 I saw a sign on a bridge that says "Thank you veterans" I thought that was really cool.
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Good post. I cry for Conan because Conan will not.
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Semper Fi.
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Simply put, a vet is someone who stepped forward when others were stepping back.

Heartfelt thanks to all who have served.
and are serving...


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Its true, you really don't know what they have gone through just by looking at them. This is lost on many people.
It is especially challenging for those who have never been close to it to stop for a moment and try to empithize/understand what they are experiencing and why they are behaving/speaking they way they do.
The disconnect is not even always from others outside of the service but also as time goes by, I feel there is a generational disconnect and people forget the past. Shall we never forget history and the men to helped to preserve the American way of life.
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