Are You A Military Veteran?

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  1. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    No, not me. I'm one of the lucky ones who skipped merrily through life without the need to join the military for any reason... or be called up ..

    In fact, I don't think I know too many people who have been in the military.. though, I've smelled the oil of an ak47 trained at my face, stared down the barrels of shotguns and pistols on my travels.... that sure sharpens your awareness of the situation...

    fortunately, I've always managed to prevail with my wits so far...;)

    My Dad was in PNG and my older bro was called up for nam but got out before being posted when they shut it down. They never said much about it or went to veterans days, etc...
     
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  3. Mike SS

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    1468592.jpg U. S. Marine, 1980 - 1990. Engineer Equipment Mechanic. I had this photo taken for Mom so she would stop bugging me to wear a uniform when I was home on leave.
     
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    Beats our 1% advancement and you get a TSC :lol:
     
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  5. Naigewron

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    Norway has conscription, so if you include conscripted soldiers we probably have more veterans than non-veterans (at least in the male half of the population).

    I was a driver in the Norwegian coast guard for a year. You're welcome.
     
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  6. Sotakoira Musti

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    No, in active service. And we don’t get veteran status, it’s reserved for those who fought in WW2.
     
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    My grandfather was in the Navy for 35 years; my father's eldest brother was with the group that liberated Belsen-he's still alive at 97. My uncle Ron was a 22 year tank man, and did his best to give Rommel a hard time, and went on to marry a N*zi pinup girl. My other uncle Mike was a Spitfire pilot. None would ever speak of their experiences.
     
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    Yeeeeah, you guys have the saddest advancement. Should try to crossrate, brother. Otherwise gonna be signing HYT waivers to be a 45 year E-2, looking at the quotas. :p
     
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  9. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    No. I'm not a veteran.

    But our son would have been. He served in the US Army, joined in response to the 9/11 event to try to help stop terrorism, and gave his life up to an IED at the age of 26, in Afghanistan, December 5, 2009. He left a new wife and infant baby girl behind.
     
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  10. BluesGuitarMart

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    That's hard to read, sorry for your loss.
     
  11. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Thank you, BGM. That event was dramatically life-changing for everyone in our family. Fortunately for him, however, the event was so overwhelmingly catastrophic that his passing was absolutely instantaneous; no suffering for him - thank God. Just for those of us left behind.
     
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  12. perttime

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    Yep that is the Real Veterans, for us.

    Us who have taken temp jobs in Peace Keeping get a "sorta veteran" status

    crisis management veteran.jpg

    Nobody ever shot at me but some have been in pretty stressful situations.

    edit: and some have died.
     
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    My heart just sank when I read your post. I am extremely sorry for your loss.
     
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    USAF - Loadmaster on C-130 Hercules. 1965 - 1969.

    Bless you Dhart for your loss and for your son's service.
     
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    I'm very sorry to hear of your loss and it makes my heart very heavy to read that.
    Sometimes words seem so inadequate in trying to express condolences.
    RIP Soldier....sincerely submitted.
     
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  17. rarebreed

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    No, I'm not a vet.I came close to quitting school in 1969 and told my mother if she'd sign for me I'd join the Navy. First words out of her mouth were, " they'll send you to Viet Nam ". I would become eligible for the draft in 1971. I decided to wait till then and see if I'd get drafted, The Viet Nam war was starting to wind down , just a bit. I wasn't drafted so I never served, I went to work for Ford Motor Company instead. Spent 32 years there at Ford made a good living , but I hated every day of it. If I could do it over , I would've gladly spent 30 years in the Navy. My dad was a Navy and Army vet, a SeaBee in his Navy years, he saw a lot of the world in the 16-17 years he served. He was a veteran of the Korean and Viet Nam wars. My hat is off to him and all veterans, for having the courage to stand and defend our freedoms when the need arose.
     
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    23 years active duty as a KC-135R navigator. Spent a 5 year stretch as an Air Liaison Officer to the Army Artillery School teaching air/ground battlefield integration to the young Army and USMC artillery officers. I've seen the world from one end to the other several times.

    I work now as a civilian Range Control Officer on an Air Force tactical bombing range. I'm still around military aircraft every day and involved with student training.

    Very few days in the past 34 years have I not enjoyed at least a part of my work day.
     
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