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Post by Mune » 18 Apr 2016, 23:44

My maternal grandfather is a Vietnam veteran. He was in the Navy. During one of their deployments, all but three members of his squad, including himself were killed when their ship was bombed and a fire broke out. My grandfather has the scars and his memories of that. His son is a veteran of the Gulf War. My paternal great-grandfather was in World War II. His father before him and the one before him were all active military men. One of them was part of a squadron that they made a movie or tv miniseries about. His squadron left California and were shot down. They all died. He was stuck back in California due to a training injury. I also have papers from one of the men in that line that was on horse back infantry in the Civil War.

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Post by Shelle » 19 Apr 2016, 21:38

Mune wrote:My maternal grandfather is a Vietnam veteran. He was in the Navy. During one of their deployments, all but three members of his squad, including himself were killed when their ship was bombed and a fire broke out. My grandfather has the scars and his memories of that. His son is a veteran of the Gulf War. My paternal great-grandfather was in World War II. His father before him and the one before him were all active military men. One of them was part of a squadron that they made a movie or tv miniseries about. His squadron left California and were shot down. They all died. He was stuck back in California due to a training injury. I also have papers from one of the men in that line that was on horse back infantry in the Civil War.
What an impressive pedigree of service you come from! A sincere and hearty 'THANK YOU' to all those brave me.
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 19 Apr 2016, 23:01

My father is a Vietnam veteran. He went through awful conditions, nearly died from malaria (which in the end saved his life as his whole group was killed shortly after he was taken to the hospital). When he returned to the states he was treated like a criminal and booed by the crowd as he arrived. :(

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Post by lmoses » 20 Apr 2016, 20:46

I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to not only work with Veterans at a local Veterans Hospital, but to also be married to one. He has been enlisted for over 13 years and we are very close to our military family. For many who do not have the privilege to know a veteran, it is hard to understand what sacrifices these men and women make daily for our country and the love they have for one another.

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 24 Apr 2016, 07:45

Thanks to all forum users.

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Post by Veda » 26 Apr 2016, 20:32

my uncle is a captain in the Indian navy and the last time I went to India , he took me to veterans camp and what one wounded soldier told me really stuck with me. He stated that while you are serving in the army or navy if you cannot come out of the service alive and in good health, the next best thing is death.

Listening to their stories made me truly appreciate the sacrifices they do for the country they serve.

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Post by HalcyonFlower » 26 Apr 2016, 21:04

I really appreciate what our army (being from Canada) does for our country as well as others. Unfortunately, I hear more about the unfortunate fates of many veterans than I do good stories. It's really upsetting, especially with the kind of training they undergo and the horrors they face.

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Post by Paliden » 26 Apr 2016, 23:00

Many members of my family were or are veterans. I am so proud of them all!! And so grateful for their sacrifice!

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Post by grace-grace13 » 27 Apr 2016, 13:48

My family has always had this sense of duty toward their country. My mother was in the Navy, my father is in the Navy, my brother was in the Navy, and my Grandfather was in the Navy. We really love the Navy. Growing up with a father in the military was difficult because people who do not appreciate veterans are abound and when those people are your friends it can be difficult not to argue with them. I appreciate all that my father has done for this country, because being in the military is not just about war, it is about humanitarian missions as well. My father has done more humanitarian work in the military than he has anything else. I am grateful for my family and their contribution to this country.

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 28 Apr 2016, 11:46

MsMartha wrote:
hsimone wrote: Thank you for sharing. I agree it would be nice if all countries can work together in a positive way to avoid wars. There's so much more to life than fighting, anger, and/or fear. This is a definite good point to bring up, thank you, MsMartha!
And thank you for starting this conversation--this book has been an excellent experience!

Thanks for all the postings in the forums :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by Rhoe_Marrow » 02 May 2016, 10:39

I don't believe I know a war veteran. Atleast not on a personal level, but, I do believe they should be respected for the risks they have taken for their country. War effects them and their families in ways that we as civilians cannot understand.

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Post by babika1962 » 02 May 2016, 11:36

When I was in grade school, I remember learning the poem, In Flanders Field and while I understood what the poem was about, it didn't really hit a chord with me until high school when we had to help organize some Veteran's Day events. I remember thinking how old all of the veterans looked. We lived in a farming community that was surrounded by several smaller towns and most of the veterans were those who had fought in WWI and WWII. Nowadays, veterans come in all different shapes, sizes and both sexes. What remains the same is the pride with which they served and thanks to the media coverage we have today, we see some of what our veterans have seen and had to go through which brings with it a greater understanding and appreciation for their efforts.

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Post by CrescentMoon » 02 May 2016, 13:32

Most of the veterans I have met have been through work or volunteering. I volunteered at a retirement home throughout all my four years of high school and I met plenty of veterans there and they had the most interesting and terrifying stories. I also worked at a VA hospital for 3 years when I was in college. After working and volunteering and meeting the veterans, I will never forget or take for granted their sacrifice and loyalty.

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Post by Shelle » 07 May 2016, 16:34

CrescentMoon wrote:Most of the veterans I have met have been through work or volunteering. I volunteered at a retirement home throughout all my four years of high school and I met plenty of veterans there and they had the most interesting and terrifying stories. I also worked at a VA hospital for 3 years when I was in college. After working and volunteering and meeting the veterans, I will never forget or take for granted their sacrifice and loyalty.
What rewarding work! I bet you got to meet some of the neatest people. I'm glad your experience left you with a sense of gratitude and appreciation.
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Post by Brittster » 07 May 2016, 16:53

Both of my parents were in the military. My dad specifically was actually out their flying through wars. I am so thankful that both my parents joined the military and contributed to protecting their country. I am also thankful that they got out when I was still extremely young. My dad has told me it is so weird that I have no experience with having him gone for months at a time but its all my older sisters knew before their mom and my dad were divorced. I am a teacher and I have a student who is frequently distraught about her mom always being gone. No she has recently had to have surgery and was in another country. Imagine the worry and not being able to be with your mom and know what is going on. She is just a little girl.

The sacrifice these brave people make is astounding and they deserve the highest respect.

-- 07 May 2016, 16:57 --
babika1962 wrote:When I was in grade school, I remember learning the poem, In Flanders Field and while I understood what the poem was about, it didn't really hit a chord with me until high school when we had to help organize some Veteran's Day events. I remember thinking how old all of the veterans looked. We lived in a farming community that was surrounded by several smaller towns and most of the veterans were those who had fought in WWI and WWII. Nowadays, veterans come in all different shapes, sizes and both sexes. What remains the same is the pride with which they served and thanks to the media coverage we have today, we see some of what our veterans have seen and had to go through which brings with it a greater understanding and appreciation for their efforts.
The title In Flanders Field sounded familiar so I decided to go look it up after reading your post. It is such a beautiful poem but sad. It serves as a great reminder to always be grateful to those who gave and their lives and encourage those who haven't.

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