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Old 11-11-2009, 07:29 AM
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To all my friends here on the Forum, I would like to wish you a Happy Veterans Day and express my appreciation for the sacrifices you made for our Great Nation...

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Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service to our great country. Bill
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Big thanks to all the vets out there!
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Yes, thanks so much for your service and sacrifice.
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Here's my Lil' Vet (Frank Jr), December 2007:

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There's some question whether or not active duty are vets, but the consensus seems to be that they are.

Here's a video of daily life for U.S. troops in remote parts of Afghanistan:

Those are some tough soldiers!
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Took my father in law to Applebee's tonight for the free vet dinner. Any other night there would have been no way that I would have waited so long to go in but seeing the place full of vets made it all worth while. It definitely made my day to sit back and watch everyone in the place greeting each other and thanking each other for their service to our country. Applebee's could easily have stolen Olive Garden's slogan tonight, "When your here your family" because that is exactly what it felt like. Thank you to all the vets out there for your service to this great country.
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Frank, Tough is an understatement...These are the guys that need our support...

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Officially, 181 continuous days of active military service or a completed term of enlistment in the reserve components of any branch of the armed forces qualifies one as a veteran. So any current member of the active force with more than 180 days is a veteran, and any reservist with more than 180 days of active service or on their 2nd enlistment is also. I could be off on the reserve component thing...they may have reduced that since I last read the regs. It's been over a decade.
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Posted by a friend that pretty much says it all! My thanks to all that serve.

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
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Neat Bamboo. Never saw that before your post. Thanks for sharing. AND, thank you to all of our veterans.
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