I'll be full as a tick by tomorrow night!
My plan is Denny's for breakfast, Applebee's for lunch and Charlie Browns for dinner.
Keep your sodium infested trash. The last thing I want or need is some 18 year old half wit pawing over my DD214 to make sure I'm not getting $2.00 worth of pancakes for free. I did what I felt was necessary to do without being asked or forced. I don't need or want your thanks (or food) for doing what I needed to do. Even in the face of what I see today I still love my country. Not directed at you Will. Just venting.
No problem Charlie, The last few years Iv taken advantage of the Veterans day free meals I've never showed anything other than my VA ID. Most places don't even ask for that. Go have a good time and enjoy yourself.
If you are in the St. Louis area, Waterway is giving free car washes to veterans today and every Wednesday this month, plus a 10-cent discount per gallon of gas. Last year, the phrase "I'm a veteran" was all the ID required....
P.S. Waterway is in Kansas City, Denver and Cleveland as well.
If you're like me, I look around for others deserving a helping hand on Veterans day and continue the service
to my country in a small way. Not "my country" as in the government, but "my country" as in the good people
and citizens that I went and fought for.
I am not looking for handouts myself. It was always about serving others. Today I am going to go do some
electrical work for the widow of a WW2 vet who passed away recently - gratis.
Pay it forward. No telling when I might be that guy in need.
Mike - you are "full as a tick" all the time anyway. Ha. (sorry - I couldn't resist)
Our Tuesday morning coffee group goes to Denny's and this morning most of us paid our usual fare and just asked our regular waitress to keep the extra tip. Agree with Burger that it's more a day to think of others. I often feel I got more from my service than I gave. Didn't feel that way when I was in but do now. So many have given more of life, limb, and mind then was ever required of me. Those are the folks this day is for.
When I get my house finished to a point am "worth something" to others in terms of time I can commit, I plan to
either do volunteer work with the VA or work with Big Brothers to mentor kids with "limited parental assets". When
people comment about how terrible it must have been in AFG, I tell them it was the worst time I ever experienced,
and the best. The heat, the cold, the dust, the sleeping in the dirt, the MRE's, the dysentery, the things that kept
you from doing your job ... they all sucked .... LARGE !!! But the same "getting in there and getting it done", making
it happen, being part of the team, there is no greater sense of accomplishment when you give it your all and help out
when it counts. The take away is an added bonus. The sense of duty and honor, the discipline. Some people (even
service members) never understand what that truly means. It changed my life.
An Air Force boob recently got up in my sh!t about sacrifice. He was talking sh!t about contractors. I told him I
understood his argument, but pointed out that judging a person's commitment and sacrifice is about as bigoted as
saying all blacks or jews are the same. Turns out, he was a weatherman who did his service in Nebraska and never
left the states. I worked with bad contractors (in it for an easy check) and I worked with slack-azz people in uniform
who never knew a day in the field, a cold shower, or no shower for weeks ! .... yet they bellyached because they had
their Facebook access restricted. Yeah.
I asked this guy what he thought the interpreters were in the Revolutionary War ? Yeah, ... they were contractors.
Indian scouts, you name it. Some of our most risk taking, dedicated people in service to our nation weren't in uniform
at all. My recruiter said I was too old. Actually, he said, "It's alright, Grandpa ... we got this one !". I was 30. But I
found a back door in and served with the 1/3, 3/3, and 3/1 Marines in direct support of forward operating bases,
building camps, water systems, combat repair .... whatever we were asked to do. A lot of guys like me liked staying
back and working at the big bases like KAF and Leatherneck. I wanted to get out there and be a part of it, see the war,
see the country, meet the people, and come away either dead or rich with experience. And that is just how it worked
out. Saw some real ugly stuff, saw some of the most noble things a person could ever see. Saw the worst of humanity,
and the best. It was an experience like no other. You can't pay to take a ride like that. I will never complain about the
heat again, lines and delays .... no big deal. There are REAL problems in this world, and my minor inconveniences will
never again be mistaken for problems. And for that, I thank 3 years in a combat zone with the USMC.
Well written, Not sure what a MRE is though, Back in my day we carried something called a P-38? Think that was the nomenclature number to open are C-Rats. I just tell folks we did a lot of camping, Hiking and sightseeing. You're right, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
Walt, My thoughts exactly. Service matured a 17 year old, gave him 7 months technical schooling, sent him on worldly trips, and gave him experience a non-military person will never know. It was my fortune to be in between Korea and Viet Nam. Expressed thanks for military service is for those that paid a dear price. Thanks for my service is nice but not necessary or expected.
Will - Yeah,....I know about c-rations! To this day, I still don't like lima beans! Any time I could trade my little 4-pak of cigarettes and ham & lima beans for the beans & franks flavor of C-rats,....they were not too bad, once you became resigned to C-rats or nothn', and if you had the little "heat tab" to warm 'em up!
Oh, and my P-38 is still hanging on a chain with my dog tags! I've actually used it when my wife has trouble with one of her high tech can openers,....that are not really all that "high-tech"!
While posted to a tiny COP in Helmand Province, we were stuck on MRE's for two months straight. Some of
our locals brought us some food made of a ramen-like pasta, rice, and goat. I never dreamed goat could taste
that good !
Oh yeah .... MRE = Meals Ready (to) Eat. Basically, a dehydrated sack of 4000 calories. Some of them weren't
too bad, but after a while, it all tasted like cardboard.
Harold, I still have a P38 on my key chain along with my dog tags too. Been there for 43 years. Dave