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For my non military friends out there, this may or may not help you understand those of us that served in the Military.
We Are Veterans.
We left home as teenagers for an unknown adventure.
We loved our country enough to defend it and protect it with our own lives.
We said goodbye to friends and family and everything we knew.
We learned the basics and then we scattered in the wind to the far corners of the Earth.
We found new friends and new family.
We became brothers and sisters regardless of color, race or creed.
We had plenty of good times, and plenty of bad times.
We didn’t get enough sleep.
We smoked and drank too much.
We picked up both good and bad habits.
We worked hard and played harder.
We didn’t earn a great wage.
We experienced the happiness of mail call and the sadness of missing important events.
We didn’t know when, or even if, we were ever going to see home again.
We grew up fast, and yet somehow, we never grew up at all.
We fought for our freedom, as well as the freedom of others.
Some of us saw actual combat, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us saw the world, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us dealt with physical warfare, most of us dealt with psychological warfare.
We have seen and experienced and dealt with things that we can’t fully describe or explain, as not all of our sacrifices were physical.
We participated in time honored ceremonies and rituals with each other, strengthening our bonds and camaraderie.
We counted on each other to get our job done and sometimes to survive it at all.
We have dealt with victory and tragedy.
We have celebrated and mourned.
We lost a few along the way.
When our adventure was over, some of us went back home, some of us started somewhere new and some of us never came home at all.
We have told amazing and hilarious stories of our exploits and adventures.
We share an unspoken bond with each other, that most people don’t experience, and few will understand.
We speak highly of our own branch of service, and poke fun at the other branches.
We know however, that, if needed, we will be there for our brothers and sisters and stand together as one, in a heartbeat.
Being a veteran is something that had to be earned, and it can never be taken away.
It has no monetary value, but at the same time it is a priceless gift.
When we see each other, we give that little upwards head nod, or a slight smile, knowing that we have shared and experienced things that most people have not.
So, from myself to the rest of the veterans out there, I commend and thank you for all that you have done and sacrificed for your country.
Try to remember the good times and grow from the bad times.
Share your stories.
But most importantly, stand tall and proud, for you have earned the right to be called a Veteran.

If you are a veteran, please copy, paste and share. My dearest friends


 

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Very good share...

In today’s world events this is something that needs to be seen and heard.

People talk about patriotism and how easily they want to truss the military into action without taking into consideration of what they are asking. This is especially hurtful when done by non veterans.

We are not better because we served but the world is better because we served.

Ray
 

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Something else that's never really mentioned or talked about. We were never released from our Oaths. Sure, we may have retired or out processed, but that Oath cannot be revoked or rescinded. It's a promise we made to ourselves, to the country we defend and to our comrades in arms before God. If we are called upon, we will dust off the boots and take up arms once again to defend our great nation from all enemies; both foreign and domestic.
 
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The only thing that has changed is that we have traded the uniform for mufti; "DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY" still prevail in our lives.
 
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