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What is a Veteran?


November 11,2013

Penned on Veteran’s Day, by Vietnam veteran, philosopher and friend, Forrest L. Gomez. 

WHAT IS A VETERAN?

 I've never been the target of enemies hiding in the underbrush, tracking me, watching me at night, and waiting to take my life if I for one moment stopped to rest or wipe the grime from my eyes. I'm thankful for the warriors who did. I'm thankful for the warriors who do.

I’ve never been the target of enemies hiding in the underbrush, tracking me, watching me at night, and waiting to take my life if I for one moment stopped to rest or wipe the grime from my eyes. I’m thankful for the warriors who did. I’m thankful for the warriors who do.

You’ll never tell by just looking at someone if he or she is a veteran. Sometimes they have the same pluses and problems as anybody else. The veteran may be the old loud mouth in the pool hall, who is constantly defensive, perhaps because he lost most of his squad at the Frozen Chosen. Maybe it’s the middle aged guy who keeps to himself, because the Tet Offensive took a little too much out of him. Or is it the young man who remembers the dust and hell of Ramada? We can consider the former female soldier truck driver, who has to make constant visits to the VA hospital because she unwittingly walked through an area where Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard poured unknown substances on the ground, and now she has an “unknown nerve disorder.” (You know, those “weapons of mass destruction” the media and the left says Iraq didn’t have?) Who knows? Is it the old guy bagging groceries at the market, who wishes his wife was still alive, so she could hold him when the nightmares come? We’ve never asked for much; only that the country love us as much as we love it. We have endured things no man or woman should have to endure, but the alternative was a slow descent into darkness for everything we hold dear.

Dear God, don’t let the world forget what we’ve done, and if we forget you, Lord, please don’t forget us. We really do like it when you thank us for our service, folks, so say “thanks” to a veteran on Veteran’s Day! My brothers and sisters, I pray that Almighty God will watch over you always, and give you peace.

– The Sarge

posted with permission by Reagangirl.com  11/11/2013

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