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"This is for Veterans"

Posted on 11/11/2013 4:56:59 PM PST by virgil283

"You went, some because you had to, some because you thought you should. You put up with deprivations, sorry pay, long separations, monotonous food, in a land no one ever heard of, a place no one would ever want to go.

You got a few moments of recreation watching TV with twenty other guys, a show that you would have never watched back at home but now it reminds you of life in the real world or maybe that ping pong table you share with a thousand others. You sleep in a room filled with men who snored, groaned and talked in their sleep. You were awakened thru the night with guys getting up or coming to bed, guys who whisper at a loud roar. You tried to shave by sharing a mirror with ten other guys. You suffered the indignity of noncoms and 2LTs who shouldn’t be trusted to watch a mangy dog much less a squad of men. You ate the tasteless spaghetti for the umpteen time while you remembered your moms' excellent sauce.....

TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: veterans
...You wish you had one lousy Hershey’s bar but some jackass bought every one and has them hidden in his locker. Oh yeah everything you own is in that metal box that’s smaller than one closet at home.

Nobody wants you around, no civilian here or civilian overseas, because you might smile at their daughter. For sure you are drunk and will make a pass at some woman or start a fight, (You enlisted men have a place to go, down by the pier or airport where you won’t bother good people.) Of course if there is a hot zone in the news the civilians expect you to go running toward it, after all that’s what you get paid for.

Well buck up me hearties, you got a life education money can’t buy. You found out what the rest of the world is like. The poverty, even of first world Europe where few ever escape the class thy were born in. Where entire families live in two rooms with the bath down the hall shared with five other families. Or even worse the third world where desperate people beg on the streets. Men with machine gun are on every corner because there is a new dictator this week. Where the courts decide by who has paid the biggest bribe. Where you have to ask what meat is in that sandwich or maybe not ask because it’s the only food around and knowing will spoil your appetite. You learned so your wife and children and neighbors won’t have to know what its like.

You’ve joined a long line from Valley Forge to to Afghanistan. We remember you. We call you brothers. Welcome Home...."

1 posted on 11/11/2013 4:56:59 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283
Thanks for your service , Brother!

On my helmet, I had the legend "For those who have fought for it, Life has a flavor the protected never taste!'

America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Eagles Up! Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

2 posted on 11/11/2013 5:02:23 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN - 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

ex navy nuke submariner.

3 posted on 11/11/2013 5:19:05 PM PST by brivette
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To: All

From one vet to all you others....THANK YOU.......

4 posted on 11/11/2013 5:33:21 PM PST by JW1949
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To: virgil283

Thank you all, and I am soooooo glad you came home. ((Hugs))

5 posted on 11/11/2013 6:09:35 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: virgil283

Right on! Hoo-ah and Oo-rah to my veteran brothers & sisters!

6 posted on 11/11/2013 6:28:31 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: virgil283

What is the difference between a second lieutenant and a PFC?

The PFC has been promoted twice!

(- CPT Morton)

7 posted on 11/11/2013 6:50:07 PM PST by MortMan (We've gone from ‘failure is not an option’ to ‘failure is not an obstacle’.)
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To: virgil283

“monotonous food” ??

I actually miss C-Rations.

Anyone reproducing them, maybe as a prep item??

8 posted on 11/11/2013 7:39:43 PM PST by redfreedom (GOP = Vichy colaborators at best, traitorous 5th Columnists at worst.)
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To: virgil283

The worst was drinking Ballantine beer.

9 posted on 11/13/2013 8:45:11 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: MortMan
What's the most lethal weapon in the US Army?

A 2nd Lieutenant and a map.

...from a former butterbar.

A 2LT has his platoon hopelessly lost on a night patrol. In frustration, he keys his mike and shouts, "I'm F---ING LOST!!!"

Overhearing the transmission, the Brigade Commander barks into his microphone, "This is the Brigade Commander! Whoever made that last transmission, identify yourself!"

Having regained his senses, the LT replies, "I may be F---ING lost, but I'm not F---ing stupid!"

10 posted on 11/13/2013 9:00:13 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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