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Re: Veterans

To: "Grossnicklaus Jeff SMSgt 27OSS/OSO" <>,
Subject: Re: Veterans
From: "Harlan Jillson" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 19:06:15 -0600
Good on ya Jeff,
USAF '69-'79

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From: Grossnicklaus Jeff SMSgt 27OSS/OSO <>
To: MGs (E-mail) <>
Date: Tuesday, November 09, 1999 4:32 PM
Subject: Veterans

>  Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a
>  jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.
>  Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone
>  together, A piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of
>inner steel:
>  The soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
>  Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America
>  safe wear no badge or emblem.  You can't tell a vet just by looking.
>  What is a vet?
>  He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating
>  two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run
>  of fuel.
>  He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose
>  overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic
>  scales by  four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
>  She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to
>  sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
>  He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or
>  didn't come back AT ALL.
>  He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has
>  saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang
>  members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
>  He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and
>  medals with a prosthetic hand.
>  He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass
>  him by.
>  He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose
>  presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the
>  memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with
>  the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
>  He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now
>  and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who
>  wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the
>  nightmares come.
>  He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who
>  offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his
>  country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to
>  theirs.
>  He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he
>  is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the
>  finest, greatest nation ever known.
>  So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just
>  lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most
>  cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or
>  awarded.
>  Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
>  Remember November 11th is Veterans Day.
>  Superintendent, Operations Support Squadron
>  Cannon AFB, New Mexico

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