A veteran's perspective  

rm_mtnravyn 60M
501 posts
9/12/2005 5:37 pm

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A veteran's perspective

With all the attention on 9/11 and Iraq. And all the appreciations to those who are serving and those of us who did serve (21 yrs USN), I would like to put something on the record. For those of us who served during Vietnam, we dealt with a lack of support of both the war and those of us who were serving. It was during this period that it became unwise to wear your uniform on liberty or home on leave. So we truly do understand that it is possible to support the troops without supporting a war. I also saw, one more time, someone equating 9/11 with Saddam. The facts are in. Same type of idiocy that permeates this administration. I have seen my benefits steadily eroded in the last four years. I have heard all the wonderful rhetoric and suffered the abysmal actions that were contrary to those words. When those troops do get back from Iraq, I fear they will find the same lack of support from their govt they have been promised. I served proudly. Seldom did I regret my service, even when I was scared and tired a uncertain of what might happen next. So for those of you who want to let those in the service know how much you appreciate their gift. Let your Sen and Rep know. I appreciate those of you who will read this with open minds. For those who are still in the dark about reality you have my sympathy.

rm_Elysia2005 43F
412 posts
9/12/2005 7:15 pm

mtnravyn, I've spent the last year actively engaged in troop support. I've spent a few thousand dollars sending care packages, and untold time writing letters and e mails, and IMing with those lucky enough to have 'net access. I just wish that you had experienced the kind of love and support that the people in my organization give so freely... I appreciate your service and honor your sacrifices.

Much love,

LustGoddess2469 50F  
2453 posts
9/12/2005 7:16 pm

Excellent post - and oh so true. Just because someone may not agree with what the politicians are doing, we still need to show our support for the men and women that are out there serving each and every one of us.


rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/12/2005 8:22 pm

TY both for visiting and for sharing with me.

RailBaron2 54M

9/12/2005 8:29 pm

WELCOME HOME & THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.I will be writing my Representatives.

RailBaron2 54M

9/12/2005 8:29 pm

WELCOME HOME & THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.I will be writing my Representatives.Jim

rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/12/2005 10:19 pm

No The circumstances are differrent and the reasons are different. The only real common theme is the lies the politicians told to getus in and keep us there. from my perspective

rm_Network_Minx 47F
542 posts
9/13/2005 3:44 am

I work on a military post. Fort Sill by name.
Even though most of the guys I work with voted for Bush they have come to regret it. While in uniform it is against the law for soldiers to voice their disagreement with our government.

My father served in Vietnam.
My brother is career Army and has been to Iraq twice, once with the first Gulf War and again with the second. He may go back in February.
My brother-in-law is also career Army. He has been to Iraq twice. His Brigade left last Saturday to return to Iraq. This will be his third tour. He was supposed to retire in March. They won't let him.

Don't tell me I don't support soldiers if I hate Bush. My family has given more to the Military and this country than most people. I hate him and his lies.

rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/13/2005 8:15 am

Thank you both.

tillerbabe 55F

9/14/2005 9:46 pm

Very nice Raven......
At 9 years old, I protested the Vietnam war, but I embraced the troops. I'm so glad you understand that "support" can mean "BRING THEM HOME".
I honor you and your efforts. I think we learned a lot in the 'Nam years, (the people) and I believe we have come farther in understanding the true meaning of support.
Thank you sir.
Bush is an idiot. Major Paul Hackett Rocks!!!!

rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/16/2005 6:46 am

Tiller Thanks for stopping by'
wet - I believe most do - regrettably many do so without understanding the difference
and I believe sme rpotest to be protesting - there are still some who drive cattle

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