Nov 11, 2011 11:37AM
There are few of us brave enough to join the military, knowing that there is a strong possibility that they might have to fight in a war. To call these soldiers and marines anything less than heroes is disrespectful. They still sacrificed years of their lives, perhaps living away from their families, and just because they may not have wielded a gun against an enemy, doesn't mean that they didn't perform hard work for our country. I have found a new respect for these actors now that I have learned about the selfless acts they have made on behalf of this nation.
Nov 11, 2011 11:44AM
I think anyone who has served our country whether they were in combat or non-combat veterans and deserve our support and appreciation. I salute all men and woman who served. My Father served in WWII in the army and was a disabled was veteran and my brother served in the army in vietnam and was disabled as well. God bless our veterans!!!
Nov 11, 2011 12:31PM
If you have served in our nation's military, you are less than 1% of the American population. Therefore, if you served honorably you deserve to be called a veteran regardless of what capacity in which you served.
Thanks to all who stand up to defend our nation.
Nov 11, 2011 1:01PM
@ jockmama My bet is you are not a vet, and if your uncle and your father heard you say what you posted they would roll over in thier grave. I come from a long line of veterans, myself included. we have fought for this country all the way back to our fight for indepedence. the members of my family have been decorated, wounded and some of them have died on the field of battle. and not one of us or any vet I know that saw combat would make such a remark, because the simple fact of the matter is that we are all part of a team, no one job is less important than the other because without the support personel who fix our meals, get our supplies, treat our wounded, get us the intel that we need or the hundred other things that those of us on the lines need to do our job and survive we would not be alive today. So today I would like to say to ALL of by brothers in arms THANK YOU, and to those of you returning WELCOME HOME
Nov 11, 2011 12:50PM
The combat soldier/Marine/Sailor is at the very end of a very long spear. Even as far back a WWII only a small percentage of veterans served in combat. The official number is somewhere around 20%. I am a disabled veteran due to a training accident! I was in the Army when the first Gulf War took place, but there was not a single soldier with my occupational specialty stationed anywhere in the war zone. I would have gone if needed, no problem. It would have been my job to go.
When you sign that dotted line and raise your hand, you put your life in the hands of an organization whose primary task is breaking things and killing people. You have to practice using those same things to be able to function when needed. They are dangerous toys. Even just driving a military vehicle has its own risks- there is no NTSB standard, per se, for military vehicles I put my life on the line for this country without killing anyone, or even being shot at, as has the majority of American veterans who have served.
If you think my resulting injuries are a joke, and that my service is less than any other veteran, it just shows that people who have never served (as you probably didn't) can't really speak to veteran's issues with authority or intelligence. You need to just remember to be among the grateful majority and respect the sacrifices made by all members of the US military, past or present, no matter where they were directed to serve. Don't try to criticize what you can't understand.
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