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Posted on Mar 21, 2016
PO3 Celesta (Fox,Parks) Davis
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MSgt John Taylor
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"It was/is my honor to serve"
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MSgt Kerry Lundy
MSgt Kerry Lundy
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SP5 Roger Hurst - Welcome home Brother! I am also a Vietnam Vet of three tours.
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SP5 Tom Manning
SP5 Tom Manning
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SSG Bob Teachout - SSGT i think your response is outstanding and if you dont mind i would be honored if i could start using it .
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SSG Bob Teachout
SSG Bob Teachout
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SP5 Tom Manning - I am very humbled at your request- And I will be honored each time you do so. ( [login to see] )
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SFC Barbara Layman
SFC Barbara Layman
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"It's an honor and a privilege not everyone is able to experience."
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SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas
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PO3 Celesta (Fox,Parks) Davis I hear this quite often in this military friendly, veteran saturated town however, why do we rebuff, fight it, or fail to know that these people are sincere and are patriots. The last thing we need as a military family is another homecoming like Vietnam. Where soldiers were spit upon, ridiculed, threatened, beaten, and called baby killers. The brand that we have created by our professional decorum cannot and should not be tarnished by our lukewarm responses and self righteous indignation. Find a way to honor their comments and remember where you came from and where these people are. Everyone needs a hero and that's you in the lives of many a American!
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1SG Randy Book
1SG Randy Book
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That's my response also.
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PO1 Steven Lipe - This is my response also, "thank you for your support". I never understand why some SMs feel like a 'thank you for your service' is such a bad thing. They'll be the same ones complaining that civilians don't appreciate servicemembers. Acknowledge the sentiment and move on. It's not that hard.
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MSgt Kerry Lundy
MSgt Kerry Lundy
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SGT Paul Cademartori - I was at Phu Cat and Qui Nhon Army Air Field 1968-69.
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MSgt Paul Connors
MSgt Paul Connors
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Bravo SMSGT Dr. G.A. Thomas! Well said!
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SSG Program Control Manager
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You could respond with "Thank you for your service as well." If they respond that they never served, then remind them that there are other ways to serve than being in the military. Teachers, police, firefighters, volunteers at the local soup kitchen, we all can and should serve.
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SSgt Jon Hall
SSgt Jon Hall
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MAJ Karl Swenson you've misinterpreted .my disciption of a typical exchange. Seems like you are supper sensitive about politics and make everything go that way. Other posts have been more tactful and that's nice but to me if an individual wants to offer their public service the usually are quick to do so giving me the opportunity to thank them for their service. I don't want to hear the bull ship answers of why they've made no contribution to public service what so ever and I've heard a lot of them. Those of those that have and continue to make our communities better as well as state and country. I was .that point of the irony of some dead beat, taker wearing a make America great when they've made no contribution whatsoever. No politics on my part you took it there.
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SSgt Jon Hall
SSgt Jon Hall
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CW4 Fred Russell sounds like maybe its you that's wearing their political sensitivity on their sleeve. My point was non-political but a simple statement of irony that a free loader would want others to do more to make his life more comfortable.
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MAJ Karl Swenson
MAJ Karl Swenson
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SSgt Jon Hall - First of all, thank you for your service! What you gave is meaningful in the grand scheme of things.
My concern with your post has to do with your perception of why others may not have served. We do not know why others did not answer the call and to presuppose that they are "shit birds" because that is not acceptable. Maybe they didn't serve because the business they owned or worked in may have failed if they left. Maybe they were taking care of an ailing family member and couldn't leave. Or maybe they were not physically able to join the service because of a preexisting condition. There could have been a thousand valid reasons for a person not serving. You and I chose to do so. That doesn't make them any better or worse than us.
We have no requirement in this country to perform public service - that is one of the perks of living in a republic. those that can serve, do. Those who choose not to don't deserve to be called "shit birds" just because they don't. Lighten up, my friend! There are some people out there who are truly thankful for what you have given; let them thank you in their own way, and be humble enough to accept it. And just be glad that today is not the same as 1970 when coming home from Vietnam meant the possibility of ridicule and abuse.
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SSgt Jon Hall
SSgt Jon Hall
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MAJ Karl Swenson I'm completely familiar with life conditions that that you exampled that would prevent certain types of public service. That's not who I'm talking about. You apparently are comfortable with folks who have no sense of duty or obligation to pay back for the privileged life in this country. I work with people who have all kinds of cituations and they manage to make a contribution even though they're not officially required to. Having said that I have no patience with self declared dead beats. Don't like being laughed at like anyone who contributes are fools while they wipe the provided milk and honey from their chin. I've seen illegal aliens that have more respect and sense of duty. You mentioned being dissed returning from Vietnam Nam. If that's the worst you've thought ever been exposed to your lucky. I could write a book but no matter those things have not changed my attitude towards making things better. There are no excuses for not making at least some minimal effort. Guess I was raised with a different set of values and expectations.
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