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What is a vet?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by ChevyCaGal, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. ChevyCaGal

    ChevyCaGal 3/4 ton status

    Dec 16, 2000
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    Sacramento, CA USA
    Seeing how today was Veterans Day I thought I'd put this up.
    God Bless our veterns and our now service men and women! /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif


    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 Parris Island 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 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, 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."

    It's the soldier, not the reporter, Who gave us our freedom of the press.

    It's the soldier, not the poet, Who gave us our freedom of speech.

    It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who gave us our freedom to demonstrate.

    It's the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves others with respect for the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

    Prayer for our Servicemen:
    Lord, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them as
    they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen

    Of all the gifts you could give a U. S. serviceman, prayer is the very best one.
  2. sapper

    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Jul 11, 2001
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    And to think when i read the thread i touhgt i was going to come in and tell you its any person who serves 120 consecutive days active service in the armed forces. Very well put post. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif

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