I received this from member Frank this AM. It only seems fitting when we find out once again that the US Government and their lackeys, the Supreme Court, have decided that 18 Veterans’ suicides a day is perfectly normal and an acceptable attrition rate. I’m sure the esteemed Justices will feel secure in their persons and happy to be Americans but I shiver to think what message this sends to future defenders of our country.
What I hear is:
“Sign here. We promise to take care of you unless we’re suuuuuper busy or underfunded. Hear? No promises but if you so much as disobey an order, we’ll make you pay for it the rest of your life. Now, where were we? Oh, yeah. Sign here and be quick about it before we change our minds.”
I don’t know if this provoked Frank to send it to me but that’s irrelevant. He did send a year’s supply of killer Vermont Maple Syrup for Christmas which was unsolicited. Keep up the good work, Frank. This below is very à propos for this not so august day…
You may have retired out or you may have served for a short time.
You may have been a draftee or a volunteer.
You may have served in the Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or the Merchant Marines,
BUT YOU SERVED. YOU DID YOUR JOB HONORABLY and for that I am PROUD to call you ‘Brother.’
You may have served during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Persian Gulf, Iraq or Afghanistan , But you served, you did not run.
You have earned your DD 214 with those words “HONORABLY DISCHARGED” two of the most noble words in the world.
Again I am proud to know each and every one of you.
* Today is Band of Brothers’ Day* ; send this to all your brothers, fathers, sons and fellow veterans you know. Happy Band of Brothers’ Day!
To the cool men that have touched my life: Here’s to you!! I was never a hero, but I am thankful and proud to have served among them.
Remember…..A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on you.
This apparently was authored by one 1st Sgt. Ray L. Flood, U.S. Army Military Police (ret.). He probably wanted to serve in the Air Force but they were undoubtedly all booked up that month when he went to sign up. At least he decided America was more important than being all you can be at Domino’s Pizza.
And to be fair and all-inclusive to the Kumbaya Korps, I embrace all of you who wanted to serve but felt the call of the wild in Canada. As Winston Churchill might have observed “They served also who only stood on the other side of the border and waited.” Thank you all, my unselfish fellow brothers and sisters.
Band of Brothers Day for all of us who served in Vietnam is officially May 7th every year as that is the day the American Government declared the “conflict” over. I believe the race to the rooftop over at the US Embassy was April 30, 1975 but I do know some of my friends in Air America were still over at Tan Son Nhut packing up PC-6s for transport out to Taiwan on the 7th when the NVA showed up.