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Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 08:16

I was raised to believe the military was filled with "bad murderous men" dammed to a death with no hope of resurrection by a woman whose religious faith hadn't allowed any kind of government involvement at all. I was taught to vote was a sin and anyone involved in political affairs lived a life "unworthy" of God. My mother’s religion was FREE to teach this premise; despite the fact the religion she chose never understood this.

Regardless their beliefs, I am FREE to walk outside my home and pick up the newspaper outside my door; which is FREE to publish whatever they wish. I am FREE to complain about waiting 10 minutes in a grocery line where I can buy as much bread and milk as I want and not have to wait a week to get it. I am FREE to buy whatever my heart desires and do not have to answer for every action in my life. No one dictates what I wear or whom I answer to. When I purchase the vehicle of MY choice I am FREE to roam wherever, whenever and however I want. I am FREE to select the career of my choice to maintain this monetary status and FREE to obtain an education wherever I choose.

I am FREE to buy and bear arms and FREE from slavery in my own country. I am FREE to vote and FREE to serve any God I want at any time regardless, day or night. I am FREE to roam my streets if I wish. My fear of being shot is from misguided hoodlums, not by my own government for trying to climb a wall. I am FREE to draw, write or speak whatever I wish whenever I deem necessary. Everyone here is FREE to read or not to read.

 
In the United States of America, though this appalls me, I am even FREE to burn our own countries flag on my front lawn, or possibly even the front lawn of The White House if I can climb the fence. I would be arrested for "trespassing," not burning of our flag.  I am even FREE to die wherever I wish. In fact I am SO FREE in this country of ours, the only thing detouring some of my goals would be money, which is basically the only thing that seems to not be FREE around here, unless I own a bank and need a FREE "bailout."  Handouts come FREE to many with some headaches, but I can obtain welfare, food stamps, health care and various "public assistance" if I show a true need for it or learn to "work" our system.

So in a "World filled with heavy prices," I welcome we ALL show a little respect and remembrance of who gave us that FREEDOM in the first place.  I know I will.

To ALL our vets who have paid with the dearest price of their life so that my FREEDOM remains, I THANK THEM and their families for their sacrifice. To ALL the vets currently and previously who have paid be it by their time, family, or wherever they have suffered, I THANK YOU as well.

Many people take these "everyday" privileges for granted because it has always been here in our lifetime. Many people do not realize how powerful FREEDOM is and what a luxury has been granted in our honor.  There were lifetimes ago when such FREEDOM did not exist. Please remember this as you set out in your robe to head to the foot of your driveway to grab the paper and read whatever some "seasoned" author or some nutcase chose to write that you may have the privilege of reading. In many countries Bibles are smuggled in; the citizens caught with them go to prison. They in affect lose further FREEDOM for trying to gain a little LIBERTY in their life.

A Price was paid, and whatever side of the fence you sit is NOT WHAT MATTERS in the end. It certainly does not matter on VETERANS Day. Our RESPECT, HONOR and LOYALTY to ones who have paid the highest price of all is the only recognition they get at the end of their lives. They have pledged their being to serve us so that this FREEDOM we often take for granted remains and ask no questions when duty calls.

Minimal, for one day, kiss this highly indebt soil you walk on. And then, walk up and say THANK YOU to a VET. You not only preserve the sanctity of our nations premise, but you show compassion for those who have sacrificed most.

 

HAPPY VETERANS DAY to ALL who have served!!


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Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 12:45

Hi JOHN!

Great to see you again..... and THANK YOU SIR!! for your service to our fine, but bit messed up country!!

Considering your age.. I imagine "WAR" has changed tremendously.. Seems now we don't know WHO we are fighting .. just that we are fighting!

NOT KNOWING WHO YOUR TRUE ENEMIES AND ALLIES ARE CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS GROUND.. ESP WITH LIVES AT STAKE!

JOHN... THANK YOU again.. and keep on keepin on! :)

I think in the end.. GOD will have the "FINAL" say...


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Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 10:53

Haven't been on for awhile, so I did not see this when you first wrote it. Very well said and you certainly felt it as you were writing that all down. Proud to have served and proud of those who serve today in these times of not knowing exactly who is an enemy. God bless them and theirs for what they must do, John


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Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 10:42

Well it has certainly been a while since I have posted.. Been busy traveling and visiting a GF for THANKSGIVING which was awesome.. Now I am stayng here and driving her to Texas next week.. She's found "LOVE!"

 

and I gotta tell ya!!

 

SHE'S MAKING ME SICK!!!! LOLOL....

 

They say when you are "in love" you act differently.. WELL SHE DOES!! Any time they chat.. she gets what I call "all googly eyes!!" I am enjoying making fun of her!! HeeHee~~

 

*****

 

MMMM!! (MY Main Man MACH!!)

 

You are an inspriation beyond measure.. and so very humble about your achievements!

 

PAT! Yes, please Do post photos.. Did you receive them yet? I am saddened to hear about the VA and how it lacks in caring for your friends husband.. BUT NOT SURPRISED!! One would think we would better serve those who sacrificed for us..

 

DONTI... THANK YOU as well for your service.. I would love to be a passenger on one of those fighter jets... Just not when we are fighting!! :) I am one who feels the "need for speed!"

 

I hope EVERYONE had an awesome TG and is looking forward to an excellent December and CHRISTmas!!



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Posted on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 20:41

Quoting Hoping4Love2000:

PAT.. THAT WAS AWESOME FOR YOU GUYS TO DO THIS!!

 

Definitely take some pictures and post...

 

One major issue we have in the US is this...

 

(Now understand.. I am not stating this to undermine the non-service homeless.. I hate to see anyone in that situation.. and I myself have been in that predicament.. so I know all too well the desperation of not knowing where you will lay your head at night... SO BEFORE ANYONE RUSHES TO JUDGMENT HERE... )

 

VA claims roughly.. (difficult to get true count) that 107,000 VETS are homeless NIGHTLY.. and that this figure is possibly doubled for the year...

 

Our VETS, most who are homeless, have "issues"... ranging from drug/alcohol abuse to PTSD...

 

It is also estimated 1.5 million are considered to be high risk for becoming homeless due to employment issues, lack of family support, etc...

 

Although VA does have programs available... these programs are NOT enough to keep everyone "safe!"

 

Now I am in no way stating ALL homeless should be abolished and I wish every man, woman and child had a safe, warm place to rest their head nightly..

 

BUT..WHAT I AM SAYING IS...

 

DO WE NOT OWE IT TO THESE VETS TO GET THEM OFF THE STREETS??

 

I will be doing some research and blogging at later date on my findings..

 

 



Sorry, Hope, to have to quote your entire "speech." It's all or nothing here for me, it seems. Can't do much editing when not paying. I have an employee now, whose husband is a Viet Nam vet. He's only 59. PTSD for many years, undiagnosed, untreated. "Mathing" the thing out right now, it seems odd that he would have been in Nam, but that's what his wife says, and if you knew her, you'd know why I dont' bother questioning. Within the last 6 months he had a minor [not mini, but minor] stroke. All in town could see it; his behavior, etc. He refused to go to the VA--his only medical option as he has no other medical insurance. Finally, my boss and a couple of others got him there. Two, at least, aneurysims in his head; one lower in his body somewhere; obvious dementia. First diagnosis a week ago: He can't go home. He has to go into an assisted living community covered by the VA. Week later? Today. Different doctor because the VA rotates its doctors: He has to come home: the VA can't keep him; can't send him to one of their supported assisted living homes for reasons no one at the VA could explain satisfactorily. His wife is now beside herself because there is no way she can stay home 24 hours a day to care for him--and he definitely needs that. So what is she to do? She can't get in touch with the first doctor for another week at least--and even then he will have probably seen so many patients since he saw her husband that he won't remember her husband... What to do? Hell, no one knows. Up shot? The VA sucks big time. The least amount of money from the Fed, the worst of doctors, the patient processing--purely bureaucratic. Since when has anyone, any political party, any politician, actually stood up for these vets? Actually addressed this awful problem with anything but BS promises? No one on either side of the political fence post since forever. Vets are treated by our government like vermin. Vermin we have to deal with, but vermin none the less. Don't know where I ought to go with this post. It kinda got out of hand. All I know for sure is that we Americans [yeah, all of us, not just our bureaucrats] tend to forget about our vets as soon as they get home; we wish to forget about knowing about their suffering, that's for sure... If there should be any OCCUPY group working for something positive in this American universe, it would be all of us regular, civilian folk, occupying the VA. Or better yet, the funders of the VA; the folks who determine how much money the VA has to work with and just what the VA can and cannot do for our vets. Sorry---no, not sorry!!! I think if there's one area anyone can name in our government programs that needs repair and reform, it's the VA. Our vets deserve the BEST! Not the least we can possibly provide, which is what they have now.


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Posted on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 14:42

Curious, I have a great deal of success in dealing with some difficulties in my life. There is no question, many veterans continue pay a heavy price for their service. It is one of the reasons I was touched by you and those in your village to recognize the service of our veterans. I remain very proud of my service and all the men and women who have made a tremendous sacrifice. Machiavellian, "cunning and duplicity" I had to laugh to think I can not fly a plane, I can barely drive a car. For some reason I am having the greatest difficulty finding and connection with myself and Niccolo. In being very candid, I doubt that I have intellect or talent for cunning or duplicity. Having said that I will admit an investigator has to bring many skills and talents to the table in the performance of their duties. I have had the good fortune of finding my niche where I was able to excel inspite of my limitations. I have always enjoyed reading your blogs and post, you are a very talented and gifted woman. This is just my opinion but one held by the majority on this site. How amazing is that we grew up a mere few blocks from one another. I have appreciated you kind words from the moment of my arrival. I will keep you posted of the latest happenings in our fair city. Have a happy holiday, take care. Whenever you have a chance I would like to see a picture of the monument as well as the speech.


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Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 21:03

Mach--I'm not quoting your post only because it's so long [which is not a criticism for sure]. Thank you for your kind words. It does sound as though you have worked through your own PTSD most courageously and used ALL of your history to become a fine, fine advocate for the helpless; the voiceless. For that you are to be commended. I just wish a few other Viet Nam era vets I know had the kind of courage it takes to admit to and deal with "weakness." If we could get the macho guys to stand up tall and admit to needing help, we'd have a lot less homeless veterans, I think. Especially Marines who are the hardest hardheaded of the bunch. And yet, in my experience, the most sentimental and "mushiest" underneath their armor. Oh, and by the way, here's a quote from Wikipedia on the definition of "Machiavellian." "Machiavellianism is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct", deriving from the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer Niccolò Machiavelli, who wrote Il Principe (The Prince) and other works. "Machiavellian" (and variants) as a word became very popular in the late 16th century in English, though "Machiavellianism" itself is first cited by the OED from 1626. The word has a similar use in modern psychology." A very clever fellow indeed, he was. Hope you've had a lovely Thanksgiving.


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Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 11:14

Curious, You have left me speechless with your thoughts which were more than just spot on. You've captured the very essence of my post. Yes, the is no question that PTSD, has been a part of my life as well. I do not want to suggest or imply that the VA doesn't have some good programs to address it, they certainly do. However, I also understand why those programs are under utlized. One third of the homeless population are comprised of Veterans. We should not assume that any of these Veterans have chosen to be on the street, even if it appears to be the case. Our goal should be to continue to reach out to them in any way we can. At the end of the day when you are suffering from PTSD, what you do may not necessarily be of your free will. Fear takes away your freedom to choose. Every single soldier knows what it means to be afraid, while most may never talk, we know. I keep all of these Veterans in my prayers because I truly care, and my heart goes out to them and their families but even more important, I know, BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD... Perhaps some who are reading these words it may seem sad. For me, I say please, do not feel sad, my experience as a combat veteran with all that I faced prepared for the real challenge in my life. As a sex crime investiagtor, a great challenge, the pain and suffering of children. For me this was truly that unimaginable, and what my work required of me so that I could protect these children, called on my all experience that I learned as a veteran. In our system of Criminal Justice, children do not have a voice. I was to their voice and there was absolutely no doubt, I was UP for the challenge. Whether it was a judge, lawyer, clinican, psychologist or whomever, I did everything in my power to ensure they ALL understood I would not be some potted plant. I can not tell you how many times I was told that a Judge wasn't happy with me. My reply was, please let the judge know, I'm here to be a voice for the children. I was very, very good at my job, the children had in me someone with a warrior's spirit, who wasn't taking prisoners, no room, I only had room for the children. It isn't often that we find our niche in life, I was blessed to find mine, what could be more of a blessing than that. On some days when I sit and reflect on my life, I can look back and say with honor and pride,yes, it was all for the children. I am truly at peace with this. Curiuos, You are so very insightful, a very gifted woman. For those of you who may not know, Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was a Italian historian and philosopher among other things. I had decided not to use the exact same spelling just to avoid confusion, because I wasn't familiar with much of his work. Just wanted to say before I close, I enjoyed your writing, it is an exceptional post. Thank you.


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Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 19:20

Quoting machevilli:

Curious, Thank you for your kind words and those in your community for their tribute to the soldiers. I am proud of my service in two different branches U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. I can't begin to tell you the number of people who've ask me what is like to fly a plane. Of course, I chuckle, as a person who can barely drive a car, fly a jet, NOT going to happen. Just to share a quick story about the Air Force from a historical perspective. When people hear me say that I am a combat veteran and yet I don't fly planes how is that possible. In 1968, there was a Tet Offensive in Vietnam, it was a series of surprise attacks by the Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army, some historians believe it was the turning point of the war. The North Vietnamese leaders believe they could NOT sustain the heavy losses inflicted by the U.S. Forces. On January 31, 1968, 85,000 troops launched a major offensive throughout South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese in this surprise attack almost to over the entire South, for the U.S. Forces a major setback it took weeks for our forces to retake all of the captured cities. At the time the U.S. Air Force had approximately ten Air Bases with the security of the Air Bases provided for by the U.S. Army. After the Tet Offensive in 1968, a decision was made that the Army would no longer protect the resources of the Air Force. Unfortunately, the U.S. Air Force had no combat troops to do the job. In 1969, the U.S. Air Force began training it's security specialist for combat roles such as heavy weapons, grenades, small arms, mortar, SAD (Seek and Destroy) missions, all security specialist who was to be stationed in a combat zone was required to complete the course. In February 1971, I was back in Lackland AFB, where I completed my Advanced Infantry Course before being shipped to Sountheast Asia. In Ocotber 1971, our intelligence reports indicated that the North was planning another Tet Offensive for January 1972, this time we would be ready. In my opinion, had the second Tet occurred we would have taken not only North Vietnam, but both Laos and Cambodia as well. If anyone remembers their history, while we preparing for this lastest offensive, folks were meeting in Paris to talk about peace over croisannts and coffee. I know it may seem that I am a little bitter it's because I am, not because there is ever any enjoyment in war. In remembering my return, many wanted to discount my service, use vile and vicious epithets, and the list goes on. I was just a soldier honoring a commitment to duty, service and country. We were all soldiers some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice. As we sleep comfortable in our beds to night. A soldier sits looking at the night sky wondering if they'll see their loved ones again, the very sad fact is some will not. So before anyone closes their eyes tonight it would be nice to say prayer for the safe return of all our fine men and women. If prayer is not a part of your life, give thanks for the freedom you have to make that choice as well. May God Bless.


What a beautiful response, Mach. I'm at a loss for words. What I DO remember is that even though we were in Cambodia, Nixon said we were NOT in Cambodia. My best male buddy/friend/faux family member was in Cambodia at that time. The stories he has to tell...curl my hair and leave me breathless. He had to dive into some kind of underground cave, swim through an underground tunnel to retrieve--or plant--something explosive. When he tells the story, he loses his breath, much like he must have almost done when he was performing the mission. A Marine, by the way. He still suffers from PTSD, although he's never admitted it and never dealt with it. Ironically enough, being a Marine, "means" you don't have to bother with post-anything "junk." You're too strong to need psychological counseling. Heck. You'd think that because Marines are SO strong, they'd be strong enough to submit to psychological counseling. But, it just doesn't work that way. I've gotten way off track, I know. Sorry. Oh, and you think you sound a little bitter, Mach? I actually didn't pick that up while reading your post. But, after I read you're mention of bitterness, I went back to re-read your post and found some bitterness. Had to work at it, but I found it. Guess what? You have every right to still harbor some bitterness. But,knowing you, I doubt it comes in your daily life. Only when you're going into detail about your history. Then it shows up. And you have every right to that bitterness. Not that it wouldn't serve you well to find a way to toss that bitterness away--it surely would. But if it still haunts you, so be it. Let it serve you well. Let is serve and inform your choices today. And, again, thank you, Mach, for your service. And, now, if I may, I need to ask you a question that has nothing to do with anything we've been talking about here. It's just a question that has been bugging me ever since you showed up here on the blogs. Your username is Machevilli. Why the slight "mis-spelling" from the original "Machiavelli?" The names are so close in spelling, I just can't help wondering why you didn't use the original spelling.


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Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 08:27

Donti, Always a pleasure, I know you offer is both genuine and sincere. Those were defining moments for all of us, and to those who paid the ultimate price, THEY WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. BTW, with the exception of fighters, I think I must have flown on just about every type of aircraft that was in the inventory. If it could get off the ground I've been on it, even some of the very very old props (anything with a propeller for you non flyers), choppers all of them, C-130s, C-141s C-5s, B-52s, KC-135s. RC-135s and too many more to list. Of course that included Spectre Gunship modified C-130 as well. For someone who couldn't fly I did spend a great deal of time in the air pkwb, A well deserved THANKS, May God Bless stefan, Welcome aboard, AMEN just about covers it. Thank you for sharing.


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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 19:36

Mac I can teach you how to fly..be a pleasure I was in Chu Lai 65-66 Black Sheep Sq 214. I heard of a Vet being shot at the State Side airport coming home...probably survived that too. I personaly didn't experience travelling home...I had a Vietnames Crossbow strapped to my shoulder. FREEDOMS as they maybe these days.. is still the best of all worlds Thanks for remembering what many have SURVIVED on all sides

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Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 10:10

PAT.. THAT WAS AWESOME FOR YOU GUYS TO DO THIS!!

 

Definitely take some pictures and post...

 

One major issue we have in the US is this...

 

(Now understand.. I am not stating this to undermine the non-service homeless.. I hate to see anyone in that situation.. and I myself have been in that predicament.. so I know all too well the desperation of not knowing where you will lay your head at night... SO BEFORE ANYONE RUSHES TO JUDGMENT HERE... )

 

VA claims roughly.. (difficult to get true count) that 107,000 VETS are homeless NIGHTLY.. and that this figure is possibly doubled for the year...

 

Our VETS, most who are homeless, have "issues"... ranging from drug/alcohol abuse to PTSD...

 

It is also estimated 1.5 million are considered to be high risk for becoming homeless due to employment issues, lack of family support, etc...

 

Although VA does have programs available... these programs are NOT enough to keep everyone "safe!"

 

Now I am in no way stating ALL homeless should be abolished and I wish every man, woman and child had a safe, warm place to rest their head nightly..

 

BUT..WHAT I AM SAYING IS...

 

DO WE NOT OWE IT TO THESE VETS TO GET THEM OFF THE STREETS??

 

I will be doing some research and blogging at later date on my findings..

 

 


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Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 09:51

Curious, Thank you for your kind words and those in your community for their tribute to the soldiers. I am proud of my service in two different branches U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. I can't begin to tell you the number of people who've ask me what is like to fly a plane. Of course, I chuckle, as a person who can barely drive a car, fly a jet, NOT going to happen. Just to share a quick story about the Air Force from a historical perspective. When people hear me say that I am a combat veteran and yet I don't fly planes how is that possible. In 1968, there was a Tet Offensive in Vietnam, it was a series of surprise attacks by the Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army, some historians believe it was the turning point of the war. The North Vietnamese leaders believe they could NOT sustain the heavy losses inflicted by the U.S. Forces. On January 31, 1968, 85,000 troops launched a major offensive throughout South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese in this surprise attack almost to over the entire South, for the U.S. Forces a major setback it took weeks for our forces to retake all of the captured cities. At the time the U.S. Air Force had approximately ten Air Bases with the security of the Air Bases provided for by the U.S. Army. After the Tet Offensive in 1968, a decision was made that the Army would no longer protect the resources of the Air Force. Unfortunately, the U.S. Air Force had no combat troops to do the job. In 1969, the U.S. Air Force began training it's security specialist for combat roles such as heavy weapons, grenades, small arms, mortar, SAD (Seek and Destroy) missions, all security specialist who was to be stationed in a combat zone was required to complete the course. In February 1971, I was back in Lackland AFB, where I completed my Advanced Infantry Course before being shipped to Sountheast Asia. In Ocotber 1971, our intelligence reports indicated that the North was planning another Tet Offensive for January 1972, this time we would be ready. In my opinion, had the second Tet occurred we would have taken not only North Vietnam, but both Laos and Cambodia as well. If anyone remembers their history, while we preparing for this lastest offensive, folks were meeting in Paris to talk about peace over croisannts and coffee. I know it may seem that I am a little bitter it's because I am, not because there is ever any enjoyment in war. In remembering my return, many wanted to discount my service, use vile and vicious epithets, and the list goes on. I was just a soldier honoring a commitment to duty, service and country. We were all soldiers some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice. As we sleep comfortable in our beds to night. A soldier sits looking at the night sky wondering if they'll see their loved ones again, the very sad fact is some will not. So before anyone closes their eyes tonight it would be nice to say prayer for the safe return of all our fine men and women. If prayer is not a part of your life, give thanks for the freedom you have to make that choice as well. May God Bless.


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Posted on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 20:12

This Saturday just passed, we [the residents of my tiny village] just dedicated a gorgeous monument to all servicemen and women, and most especially to one of our tiny village's killed-in action-in- Iraq Marines, Lcpl Jacob W. Beisel. It's a gorgeous monument, paid for entirely by private funds. Local former Marines provided the color guard and played taps. My boss/friend/family gave a very moving speech. A good 3/4 of the people who live in our tiny village showed up. Those who didn't either had to work or are infirm. For anyone on here who is a veteran, this monument--which I don't have a photo of to post, so sorry--is for you. Regardless of which war you gave your service to. If Hope keeps this blog up long enough, I will try to get photos of our monument [both sides] and post them here for you. Perhaps I should also post Dimitri's speech. It was both informative and very moving.


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Posted on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 20:00

Quoting machevilli:

Hoping, This Veteran wants to thank you. Your words are so very moving, you've touched my heart with your sincerity, warmth, compassion and love. I am always reminded that ALL the freedoms we enjoy for ALL our blessing, freedom is never FREE. However, the debt has been paid by the men, women and families both past and present. Yes, we must never forget or take for granted those who still in harms way, far from home and pray for their safe return. Hoping my prayers are with you and yours. May God Bless.


Thank you, too Mach. Didn't know you were a veteran. Thank you so much for your service. And as I said to PKBW, I hope you're doing well in civilian life.


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Posted on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 19:59

Quoting pkbw11:

Thank you for those words. I echo the words of machevilli. We veterans are aware that Americans DO appreciate our service, but it is nice to hear and to read it. Thanks again and God bless you and yours!



You're a vet, Pkbw? THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE! And I hope you're doing very well in civilian life.


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Posted on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 14:18

BUTTERFLYCHERRY/ PAT / STEPHANE / PKBW11...

 

THANK YOU for your replies...

 

and a special THANKS PKBW11 for your dedication to our beautiful country...

 

I don't think for many of us we will ever be able to have clear understanding what our soldiers and their families have sacrificed for our nation, our freedom or for us..... But I certainly wish to stop and say THANK YOU when I am reminded of the honor they have shown to all....

 

Many times the most precious things we have in life come to us for free...

 

But often times, they also may come w/ unusual costs...

 

FREEDOM is one that comes w/ a high price tag...

 

FREEDOM IS DEFINITLEY NOT FREE!!

 

THANKS TO ALL WHO SERVE(D)



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Posted on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 14:48

Thank you for those words. I echo the words of machevilli. We veterans are aware that Americans DO appreciate our service, but it is nice to hear and to read it. Thanks again and God bless you and yours!



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Posted on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 07:16

amen



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Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 20:30

I just LOVE YOU MMMM.. (My Main Man Mach.. for all those slow learners!)

I must confess.. I wrote this in 09.. for Memorial Day...

I changed a couple of words..

I feel "drained".. if anyone relates what I speak... ??

There was no energy to write today...  :(

But please do NOT ever feel it negates what lies within my heart...

The "sperm donor" in my life was an Ex SEAL, my father an MP, (I was born while he was on a ship serving for Vietnam) my uncles and grandfather.. well.. longgg history.... in military...

And if there is ONE THING I know from LIFE ITSELF is...

Unless "FREEDOM" derives from God.. (that FREEDOM lies WITHIN US) ..

well then we must "fight for it....  right, wrong .. or indifferent!

THANK YOU MMMM... (real name changed to protect the innocent! LOL)

AND TO EVERYONE ELSE!!

FREEDOM...

ISN'T...

FREE...

THANK YOUR VET!! :)






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