WHAT IS A VETERAN

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Davaroo, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Sorry, but I couldn't resist posting this:

    When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush.

    He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return was enough to bury those that did not return."

    You could have heard a pin drop.

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    Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?"

    A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly,
    "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people...
    They are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities...
    They have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day...
    They can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day...
    They carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.
    We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"

    You could have heard a pin drop.

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    A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
    At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
    Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks, but a French admiral suddenly complained that, "whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English." He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences, rather than speaking French?"

    Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

    You could have heard a pin drop.
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    One more..

    A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took longer than the irritated customs inspector would have liked.
    "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

    Mr. Whiting replies that, 'Yes,' he had been to France previously.

    "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

    The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

    "Impossible. Americans are no better than anyone else - they always have to show their passport on arrival in France!"

    The American senior citizen gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach, on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to. As I recall, no one was interested in my passport, then."

    You could have heard a pin drop.

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    What Is a Veteran?

    A "Veteran" -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to, and including his life."
    That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact.

    God bless America and our Military people...
     
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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thank you, David. My husband is one such hero. He's certainly mine.
     
  3. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the post Dave!
    Tet Vet, Retired USAF MSgt
     
  4. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my Daddy all of his brothers and my husband too! Adopted son in there now! oh and and a nephew
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Me, too. USN vet.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My biological father, Robert Fuller, executed at the age of 25 in the early 60's by one of Castro's firing squads after a mock trial. My adoptive dad was in the Navy, my adoptive mother a Marine, my FIL in the Air Force and my husband retired in the early 90's from the Air Force. Yep, we're very much a military family.
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  7. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

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    That was amazing.
     
  8. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those were great![​IMG]
     
  9. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm proud to be an American. Thanks, Dave, for the post. [​IMG]
     
  10. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My great uncle won a Knight's Cross while commanding the 76th Infantry Division on the Russian front. When the 6th Army surrendered outside Stalingrad, he was interrogated for two days by the NKVD, signed a confession, and was sent to a prison camp in Siberia. After 14 years, he was repatriated to West Germany. My dad is named for him. He spent a couple years in the US Army during the Korean war. I spent 20 in the Marines.


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