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For the veterans on their day

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posted November 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Biggest pro-war popaganda ad, you mean.

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Grandpa Tom

posted November 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm

It is good that veteran’s are being recognized for their service. As a Viet-Nam Veteran, I can say today’s veterans are better received that we were. God Bless America, and all veterans from all wars both living and dead. “For those who fought for it, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never taste!”

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posted November 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

That video actually made my eyes mist a bit.
It is Veterans Day; our day. This is the day we veterans are allowed to wave our flag; the American flag; Old Glory. We have earned that right based on whatever duty we performed while wearing one of many different military uniforms and participating in whatever endeavor we were assigned or volunteered for. For some it was, and is, direct combat; for others it was, and is, the maintenance of vehicles and equipment necessary to keep the military operational. I fell into that later category.
I know that waving our flag is no more popular today than it was way back when I was honorably discharged from the military in January of 1971; in fact, coming back from the military wasn’t all that popular in 1971 either. When I returned, I began to notice the transformation that my city, as well as other major cities in the US, had been going through for some time. There seemed to be developing an air of distinct disrespect for the American flag and a distrust of government in general. In many parts of the country, agitators were setting fire to the flag in many of the demonstrations going on in protest of the Vietnam War which was continuing. I had been away from the military for a while and had rather subconsciously disconnected myself from all things military and anti war throughout the first months of 1971 and consequently had become mentally insulated from the latest movements and protests. I had done my duty, come home, and had found that wearing a military uniform, such as the soldiers in the late 40s after World War II, returning stateside had done, was now unpopular. Some veterans returning from the military and from duty in Vietnam were being treated like pariahs. Some were even called baby killers. This was definitely not the same reception received by my father’s generation. World War II vets were glorified and thanked. Vietnam vets were being accosted, ridiculed, and in some instances, even pelted with garbage, upon their returns. I wouldn’t find out until years later that these negative attitudes toward the military and the government were originally instigated by certain liberal intellectuals who would tour the college campuses in the late 60s and try to bring about rebellion among the young people against their own government. Some activists attached to groups such as the Weathermen, a spin-off group from the SDS, were instrumental in getting crowds of young people to riot and demonstrate. We were all seeing the results of the efforts of these people who considered themselves enlightened.
There are still, to this day, many Vietnam veterans who are fighting mental and emotional battles; sometimes on a daily basis, some as a result of their personal reception from the American public when they returned from duty overseas. We veterans were only doing what Uncle Sam asked us to do, to try and make the United States and the rest of the world a little safer to live in.
There you have it; my thoughts for this Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.

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posted November 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I wish the Vietnam Vets had been greeted this way when they came home, BUT it is nice to see how vets from other wars have been and are being greeted. Live and learn.

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mark oddo

posted November 12, 2010 at 2:09 am

Mark Oddo
6160 E Bellevue ST #305B
tucson, AZ 85712-5140
November 11, 2010
The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
Re: I got hurt
Dear President Obama:
I went to the VA in Tucson to get some one to Please help me With my
electric bill, phone bill,.. and try to keep me in my home, as it states
in your new Federal benefits for Veterans. page (78) well I was sent to
one office after the other for about 2 to 3 hours and every one said that
if I was homeless or I might get some help IF I HAD AN turn of notic or a
order to evict me so I broke and cryed at the last I don1t know ofice ( I
was at a P S D program building ) and I cryed there and I left becouse I
was ashmed and crying… I was walking to my doctors becouse I was so sad
….FROM NOWHERE five cop circled me with the clubs out 5 COP becouse I
was SAD, OK!I gave my Id to one of the MEAN cops.. I was treated Like a
pice of nothing I told the cops that JUST PLEASE let me go and they said
no way I think you might be dangerus and I had to be handcuffed FOR MY ON
SAFTY, the cops all had guns and big sticks and a pack mentaly thay wanted
to hert me I was so scaried that I must have somehow got the BIG MEAN COPS
mad one told me becouse I did not want to be put in handcuffes the cop
told me I could be charged with a fellony if i did not let them tro me
around strip my pockes and thereton me with a lone prison sintice if I
restst I DID NOTHING now I am so scared to go back to the VA I hade a
small heart attack and I ate asprin and my friend took me to a hospital
and I told them a name becouse I can`t be seen only at the VA, so I am
scaried to go to the hospital. Dose the VA know about being sad . no send
5 cops to help this guy … see what I mean I was scaired out of my mind
I take P S D meds to so why did the VA handel this with Violence? I kow
that if I go back to my doctor I will be set up and charged for something
I did not do or the cops well beat me I am A Disable american vet I was
hert and bullyed at the VA…
now What just fade away ,,,maybe thats the real line…
I am scaird to go back…
A disable American Vet.

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posted November 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm

“Biggest pro-war popaganda ad, you mean”
Whoever wrote this first comment is a worthless coward. He/she didn’t have the backbone to sign their name to their uniformed opinion. Well, allow me to bring you up to speed on a few facts of life, you pathetic loser. Those men and women who were applauded in the video are the reason you are able to make your stupid, uninformed remarks. It is America’s military that has delivered more people from ruthless tyranny and brutal oppression than all the other armies and countries in the world in recorded history COMBINED. Our freedoms, our Constitution, our entire way of life in America are very fragile and must be protected. Who’s going to do that? You? Ha! I seriously doubt that. You enjoy your freedoms without ever realizing what it took to provide them and what it takes to maintain them. You clearly do not under stand that a strong military, a well-trained and well-equipped military is what prevents war and maintains peace. That is how President Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot. There are those around the world who would love nothing more than to destroy our system of government, destroy the rights and liberties which you clearly do not appreciate and take over our society. And if they were to succeed, people like you would be among the first ones they put up against the wall. So just remember one thing as you live your worthless insignificant life: Those men and women in the video are the ONLY thing standing between you and that wall.

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