Veteran’s Day

Featured imageToday is Veteran’s Day. Time to thank a veteran for his or her service. Time to reflect on what their service means to us. Time to remember that there were many ball players who served. Here is an excellent place to learn about players in the military.
If you know a veteran, especially someone who has served recently, today is a wonderful opportunity to tell them that you appreciate their service and sacrifice. Even if you don’t agree with the reasons for our armed conflicts- and God/Buddha/Jobu knows- there have been some less than good causes for them, it’s not the servicemen’s or servicewomen’s fault that politicians can’t find a non-military solution for perceived problems.

If you are a veteran, never apologize for it. Hold your head up proudly, and know that you served your country when others were unwilling or unable to do so.

16 thoughts on “Veteran’s Day

  1. As a veteran, I’d like to thank all the other veterans for their service, because I know what it involves and the sacrifices that sometimes need to be made in terms of family life, stability, etc.

    I joined the Canadian Air Force in 1981 at the age of 19 and spent 29 years living the military life. For the first 15 years of that I was single and it just wasn’t the same thing as after I got married and had kids. Your priorities change but the requirements of service don’t necessarily reflect that change. Granted, our military is very good at recognizing the needs of families and offering support, but at the end of the day, the needs of the country come first.

    Would I do it again?

    In a heartbeat. I have made lifelong friends with some amazing people, both in the Canadian and American services. It truly is a unique way of life and we form unique bonds because of it. My service has also given me some very valuable life skills that translate well to my current career.

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    • Jays, I joined the USAF in 1966, after dropping out of college. I only spent 4 years in, but I got a bunch of life experience from it. I got to go places I would never gotten to on my own, and was introduced to computers for the first time, which led me into my career in telecommunications. I met people who have been friends for life, most of whom are still around. I don’t regret my choice, and I do it again in a heartbeat.

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    • Ditto, NBJays, and thank you, Badhair40.

      I went on active duty in 1990, just before Desert Shield, after spending the previous 4 years in the reserves. I retired from the USAF a few years ago and never regretted serving. I’m actually the 6th consecutive generation of my family to serve, dating back to the Civil War, and my nephew is currently serving after graduating from West Point.

      One request–if you know or run across a Vietnam Nam vet, thank them in particular. I always appreciate the thanks I’m given, but I always came home to warm welcomes from my fellow citizens and to a loving, supportive family. Too many Viet Nam vets’ experiences upon their return were far different. Again, Badhair40, thank you for your service.

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      • When I find out one of my patients is a Vietnam Vet, I acknowledge and thank them for their service. The kindest and best boss I have ever had was drafted and forced to serve in Vietnam, and he said the experience was awful. He told me he couldn’t tell me some of the things he saw. I would not be a nurse today if it wasn’t for him.

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      • Thank you for doing that indaburg. It’s usually greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, there are some VN vets, and admittedly it’s not many, who felt/still feel cast aside that it’s meaningless to them. Even now, 45-50 years later.

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  2. One of the things we might resolve to do is to vet our politicians a little more closely so that we don’t elect another cowboy-infatuated, narcissistic, sanctimonious crusader like Lyndon Johnson (understanding the circumstances of his ascension really determined the circumstances of his re-election) or George W. Bush to the Presidency. Sadly, those Vietnam vets who have been neglected or even reviled for service many of them didn’t ask to perform were the victims of stubborn, crackpot policies enacted by our so-called “representatives” and continue to be their victims now.

    Both the Vietnam and second Iraq wars were hideous exercises in cancerous nationalistic vanity and, in the second case, of the worst kind of gullibility and dishonesty and, let’s just call it what it was, stupidity. Let’s try to remember not to blame those who served bravely the lunatics who sent them to war for the shame their CICs brought upon us all.

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  3. Ted Williams comes to mind when thinking of veterans who played MLB. But to the many others, and Ted: thank you for your service. War was, is, and always will be, Hell. “Imagine there’s no country. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too.”

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