What is a Vet

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  1. nanoreefing4fun

    nanoreefing4fun Well-Known Member
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    WHAT IS A VET
    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, 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.”

    Remember November 11th is Veterans Day.

    “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It
    is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the
    soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
    It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose
    coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

    Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

    To all who have or do serve - THANK YOU
     
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    Sgt. Calderon USMC
    OIF Veteran.
    I am thankful for those who served before me, with me, and after me. God bless you all. Ooorah!!!
     
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    I respect all those who fought for all of us. If were not for them I would not be where I am now. This country would be a very different place.
     
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