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dbkman

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I just want to take a moment to say that everyone here should do this. Everytime you see an american soldier, retired or not, no matter where they've been, what they've done or whatever. Shake their hand and thank them for the freedom. I personally thank all of the veterans, and active duty soldiers. Especially WW2 vets, korean vets, vietnam vets, and any other place where america has been to war and lost a man. You guys are the best of us and though you may not always be or have been in a combat zone, you served, and were willing to fight and die so I can sit here and enjoy my passion. So thanks.

P.S. I went up to a captain not too long ago, and held out my hand and said "excuse me, I just wanted to thank you for your service and shake your hand" And this man obviously was a very tough guy, a real no shit kinda guy. I know he's killed before. And that man looked me in the eye and said " It's and honor to serve americans like you sir" and hugged me. I know this is sappy but those guys see things that I couldn't dream up in a nightmare. So thank them. That's the least we can do.

There really are hero's amongst us...
 

dbkman

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I thank any ally of our great country! Thanks to all those who served with us in past and present too! You are all heros in my eyes. ( I apologize, I've never met an english soldier face to face )
 

MFTD

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i agree with you dbk when my friend came home from training he had people do that and say thanks and he said it was a really special feeling and it made him even more proud of what he is doing
 

Martybabes

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dbkman":1y2v3abn said:
I thank any ally of our great country! Thanks to all those who served with us in past and present too! You are all heros in my eyes. ( I apologize, I've never met an english soldier face to face )
lol, it's fine i was only being sarcastic.

my dad served in the gulf war, he was enginer, i think.
 

ThePloughman

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Over the last several years, Ive picked my son up from the airport and dropped him off many times. I have seen people from seemingly all walks of life come up to him and say Thank You. Its an indescribable feeling for me as a father to say how that grabs me. My son served one tour in Iraq. He was deployed for port duty in Kuwait. He volunteered for Combat Escort Duty in Iraq. 04-05. he has not had to return. I do not want him to go. And I will be very happy when they are all home. But..... to anyone serving anywhere...... Thank you.
 

dbkman

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Timekeep, thank you for your service. And I don't mean that lightly. Doesn't matter what you did or did not do, I thank you. And ploughman, I thank you for you sons service. He is a hero, and a great man for serving. You guys are the best of us.
 

stump

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My dad, my Brother and myself are all combat vets. Dad, Vietnam and my Bro and me in the first Gulf war. It's a priviledge to say that we love our country enough to fight for it. I am proud of all of our vets, and of our allies, for having the heart to serve. Peace on ya!
 

DrumsPlus

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stump":uafjp0pg said:
My dad, my Brother and myself are all combat vets. Dad, Vietnam and my Bro and me in the first Gulf war. It's a priviledge to say that we love our country enough to fight for it. I am proud of all of our vets, and of our allies, for having the heart to serve. Peace on ya!
Thank you for all you and your family have done. My father, step-mother are both vets. Asthma keep me out, but not from a lack of trying. I have the utmost respect for any vet.
 

SmellsLikeIan

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stump":1jywjohb said:
My dad, my Brother and myself are all combat vets. Dad, Vietnam and my Bro and me in the first Gulf war. It's a priviledge to say that we love our country enough to fight for it. I am proud of all of our vets, and of our allies, for having the heart to serve. Peace on ya!
Ex military make the best police officers. For most of those folks, it's about the job, the structure, the service of their fellow man. Not about taking revenge for being bullied in school. I have a neighbor that's an ex marine and now a Tx highway patrol officer. Great guy (I'll say that till he gives me a ticket!).

I have the utmost respect for the military. Both of my grandfathers were on B-17s. One grandfather was a pilot and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the air force and is still alive. My other grandfather was a radio operator and was killed in action in a plane crash while on routine patrol just a few days after the treaty was signed. He died a few months before my father was born.
 

Brother_Bong

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Good post dbk, and I usually do my best to say thanks. My father was Airforce, although he didn't see war, I still respect the fact that he could have. I have thanked Stump, and Timekeep, so now I will thank Airborn and DW, and any one else who have protected our rights to be freaky longhaired headbangers (well in my case). Thanks soldiers!
 

Call me Gideon

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I tell ya what...I served 4 years in the Army and sat at Ft. Bragg for 4 years. No deployments, other than training, but it is an incredible feeling when someone you've never laid eyes on before comes up to you and thanks you for what you're doing. Thanks for the post dbk. :)
 

Airborne Ranger

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It is an honor to serve my country. It is so special to me when total strangers come up to me and shake my hand. When I was wounded I received tons of letters from schools & average American citizens that I still have and were so touching. I have nothing but respect for all vets and soldiers currently serving. It really angers me the way vets are treated once they return home, especially if they will need constant care from their wounds. Poor hospital facilities, staff cuts and just a general disrespect.
 

SGarrett

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Airborne Ranger":1gbxtr7v said:
It is an honor to serve my country. It is so special to me when total strangers come up to me and shake my hand. When I was wounded I received tons of letters from schools & average American citizens that I still have and were so touching. I have nothing but respect for all vets and soldiers currently serving. It really angers me the way vets are treated once they return home, especially if they will need constant care from their wounds. Poor hospital facilities, staff cuts and just a general disrespect.
First let me say that my father spent 2.5 years in 'Nam and 30 years of his life in the Air Force, retiring Chief Master Sergeant. My mother was an Air Force nurse for 16 years. I spent my first 11 years on an Air Force Base.

[Devil's Advocate]

It's really hard to have respect when the bad apples really do ruin the bunch. I see military personnel fly past me doing 60+ in a 35 every day. When they get pulled over it's, "oh, there's an emergency at the Base and I need to get there." Then there's the guy who was walking around the local mall in his cammies and flack jacket. Or the numerous guys who loudly boast about how cool it was "when that towel head's chest exploded right in front of me" or "I just love killin' towel heads", in a packed public arena. I see this more and more, and with the way I was raised it's quite frankly unacceptable for professional soldiers to behave this way. Too many seem to act as if they're in a gang or like it's a status symbol of sorts.

[/Devil's Advocate]

That said, I have the utmost respect for the men and women of our armed forces who uphold the flag and the principles of this country to the highest standard. If you don't fit the above description, you fit this description and I thank you.
 

stump

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SGarrett":29bs0hhj said:
Airborne Ranger":29bs0hhj said:
It is an honor to serve my country. It is so special to me when total strangers come up to me and shake my hand. When I was wounded I received tons of letters from schools & average American citizens that I still have and were so touching. I have nothing but respect for all vets and soldiers currently serving. It really angers me the way vets are treated once they return home, especially if they will need constant care from their wounds. Poor hospital facilities, staff cuts and just a general disrespect.
First let me say that my father spent 2.5 years in 'Nam and 30 years of his life in the Air Force, retiring Chief Master Sergeant. My mother was an Air Force nurse for 16 years. I spent my first 11 years on an Air Force Base.

[Devil's Advocate]

It's really hard to have respect when the bad apples really do ruin the bunch. I see military personnel fly past me doing 60+ in a 35 every day. When they get pulled over it's, "oh, there's an emergency at the Base and I need to get there." Then there's the guy who was walking around the local mall in his cammies and flack jacket. Or the numerous guys who loudly boast about how cool it was "when that towel head's chest exploded right in front of me" or "I just love killin' towel heads", in a packed public arena. I see this more and more, and with the way I was raised it's quite frankly unacceptable for professional soldiers to behave this way. Too many seem to act as if they're in a gang or like it's a status symbol of sorts.

[/Devil's Advocate]

That said, I have the utmost respect for the men and women of our armed forces who uphold the flag and the principles of this country to the highest standard. If you don't fit the above description, you fit this description and I thank you.
The reason you see what you are seing Scott is because the military consists of a new generation of the "video gamer, single working parent, all I have is the gang that loves me" kids that don't think twice about killing and don't know what respect or professionalism is because it was not instilled in them from jump. To take someone's life is (or should be) a tough thing to do. It's about the respect for life. As far as the gang quote...I will tell you that the fact is that ALOT of the military is comprised of younger people that have ties or have had ties to organized gangs. This is an easy source of income and puts them in an enviroment that they are used to. A group of individuals that have the same goal or task...ie...A gang. The bottom line is that when they go into combat....it's ok to kill. I don't wish on anyone the horrors of war. I have seen it here and abroad. Please don't let the actions of a few "bad apples" spoil your image of the good ones that are out there. Sure there are going to be the one's that display inappropriate actions...maybe they just don't know how to act. Maybe they are trying to cope in a way that they think is ok. It's natural for people who have suffered traumatic experiences to act in strange ways while trying to cope. I know that i am rambling but this is just my view. I could go on far a great while but I will leave it be for now. Peace on ya! And thank a Vet. And no disrespect to your point of view Scott.. That belongs to you!
 

Timekeep69

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SGarrett":38whj25f said:
Airborne Ranger":38whj25f said:
It is an honor to serve my country. It is so special to me when total strangers come up to me and shake my hand. When I was wounded I received tons of letters from schools & average American citizens that I still have and were so touching. I have nothing but respect for all vets and soldiers currently serving. It really angers me the way vets are treated once they return home, especially if they will need constant care from their wounds. Poor hospital facilities, staff cuts and just a general disrespect.
First let me say that my father spent 2.5 years in 'Nam and 30 years of his life in the Air Force, retiring Chief Master Sergeant. My mother was an Air Force nurse for 16 years. I spent my first 11 years on an Air Force Base.

[Devil's Advocate]

It's really hard to have respect when the bad apples really do ruin the bunch. I see military personnel fly past me doing 60+ in a 35 every day. When they get pulled over it's, "oh, there's an emergency at the Base and I need to get there." Then there's the guy who was walking around the local mall in his cammies and flack jacket. Or the numerous guys who loudly boast about how cool it was "when that towel head's chest exploded right in front of me" or "I just love killin' towel heads", in a packed public arena. I see this more and more, and with the way I was raised it's quite frankly unacceptable for professional soldiers to behave this way. Too many seem to act as if they're in a gang or like it's a status symbol of sorts.

[/Devil's Advocate]

That said, I have the utmost respect for the men and women of our armed forces who uphold the flag and the principles of this country to the highest standard. If you don't fit the above description, you fit this description and I thank you.
Unfortunately there are A-holes in all walks of life. I've dressed a few people down in my time. It trips them out when a longhaired tattooed guy with a big ass nose ring dresses them down military fashion. The looks on their faces are priceless.
 

dbkman

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I know there are bad people all over the place...but you know what, if it's a terrorist. I'm glad to hear that their chest exploded....i still thank those who can be a holes. they're killing the enemy. rock on.
 
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