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Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:39 am | Updated: 12:42 pm, Tue Mar 29, 2011.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

- General George S. Patton, U.S. Army

You Can't Tell a Vet Just by Looking

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

He is the barroom loudmouth whose behavior is outweighed in the cosmic scales by four hours of unparalleled bravery near the 38th Parallel in Korea.

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

He is the POW who left one person and came back another.

He is the drill instructor who has never been in combat, but has saved countless lives by turning no-accounts into Marines.

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

He is the white-haired guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp.

A vet is an ordinary and extraordinary human being - someone who offered his life's vital years in the service of his country.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.  We will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude we owe.

-Author Unknown-

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6 comments:

  • Brandi Poole posted at 1:35 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Brandi Poole Posts: 79

    God bless our troops. Past, present. and future. We owe them so much, they ask so little.
    Appreciation is the very least we can give.

    Thank You!

     
  • posted at 12:34 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Posts:

    I hugged a vet today. I hugged him and kissed him and even tousled his hair. My veteran fights the good fight each and every day. He cares enough to vote, be an outstanding citizen and get involved in the world around us (even when I'm saying uncle). So I agree...hug a vet and maybe even tousle his hair a bit.

     
  • Mike Govette posted at 12:27 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Mike Govette Posts: 25

    OK, kind of self centered...but I AM a supporter of our troops, if not our military.
    As an aircrewman in helicopters during Viet Nam, I saw many guys work thankless hours making sacrifices that many will never know. But I know, and I am grateful for those who made and make those sacrifices.

     
  • Mike Govette posted at 12:24 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Mike Govette Posts: 25

    Julie--
    You're welcome.

     
  • Julie Govette posted at 11:53 am on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Julie Govette Posts: 46 Staff

    And to you . . . thanks. You'll get your own personal hug on Monday!

     
  • Jim Anger posted at 11:41 am on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Jim Anger Posts: 89

    Drools...what a fine tribute to our active duty service men and women AND our veteran's across the country. I am proud to say that I served, and when I read a thoughtful commentary offering heartfelt accolades to our uniformed brethren...its good to know that my service (and theirs) wasn't in vain or forgotten! Here's to all our military family who's kept America safe & secure. Next time you hear the screech of an Air Force fighter jet flying overhead, remember....that's the sound of freedom!!!

     

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