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Thanks to all who serve and have served. My son just deployed with the 22nd MEU yesterday. Hopefully he will be home in time for Christmas.
 

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I only served in peace time, Marines and then Arkansas National Guard, but if I was younger, I would still join again and make the trip. Something about people dying for me and not being able to do my part, kinda irks my sense of right and wrong.
People who said they would never forget, have forgotten what we're fighting for.
 

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Freedom isn't Free! I just did my duty. As did my father. Dad passed away April 23rd and it has been tough as we were quite close. Not only my dad but a great hunting and shooting and fishing pal. I maintained decorum, until Taps at the graveside; then I broke down. Yes, I can well understand that young man's grief. May God give him comfort. No one that young should bear that loss.
 

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Thanks to all who serve our country. May the lord keep you and your families safe.
 

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I believe, everyone should see the movie "Taking Chance" staring KevinBacon.
This movie is a very powerful account of the respect and dignity afforded a fallen Marine in Iraq while escorting the remains to his home town for a proper burial. This movie is based on true events and is something you don't always think about or hear about, My wife and I were very moved by this movie.
 

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Simply amazing movie. I shed tears at different parts throughout the whole movie, it is definitely one I'll be adding to the collection.
 

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My many thanks go to our service men and prayers follow those that pay the ultimate price for my freedom.
 

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brojohn said:
"A veteran, whether active duty or guard or reserve, is someone who, at one part in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount up to and including their life."

I really like that quote.
I will be deploying to Iraq in Aug. for just over a year. The wife thinks Im nuts for "volunteering" to go. I myself am very proud to do what we do. I still to this day after 10 years of service have not found the right words to say "You're Welcome". So I will just leave it at that....
 

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Honestly tat2ed this is a thank you that requires no verbal "you're welcome" your service speaks volumes. Stay safe and come back home that way!
 

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I try to personally thank every service member I see. I shake their hand and tell them thank you for serving. These young guys and girls really make a commitmet when they join, some of these kids are doing two and three combat tours. I am proud of their sevice! Did a stint in Nam back in 67 and left my pound of flesh there. Took 3 rounds from an AK-47 to the left chest and shoulder and got a medical retirement from the USMC at the ripe old age of 20.
 

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You are Welcome!

I am happy and proud to have served!

9/26/1968 - 05/31/1990
Chief Warrant Officer Three,
United States Army (Retired)
 
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