Monday, May 26, 2014

Your Turn

Do you have any friends or family serving in the military? If you would like to say something to them, here is your chance.

39 comments:

Bacon Ranch said...

Thank you

me said...

Dad was a Marine Sgt. Thx to all who served.

Kat has left the building said...

Because they will read t?

Mama Abroad said...

My brother in law was in both World Trade Center bombings, escaped the second time with minutes to spare and then had the pleasure - although in the National Guard reserves - of being sent to Afghanistan. Not a word of poor me from him about any of it. Great guy.

cornflowerbluezz said...

While this is the first year since the beginning of WWII that I don't have family currently serving (as of last year), I'd like to give a HUGE Thanks to all of the Military (past/present) who have fought & sacrificed for our Freedoms. God Bless you & your families. You are not forgotten. <3

Shout out to our First Response Veterans who continue to give back to our Country & others. Helping those in need during natural disasters/disaster recovery without all the red tape. #BootsOnTheGround! They are AWESOME!

www.teamrubiconusa.org

^^^Can someone help make this link above clicky? Much obliged. :-)

Froggy England said...

Yes, thanks to all and their families. My hubby is ex navy, it's tough on the families as well. X

Lady Heisenberg said...

Team Rubicon Link

Thanks to all of the men and women out there who put their lives on the line every day for us! XoXo

Nutty_Flavor said...

Don't have anyone serving, but just want to remark that people take a lot of our freedoms for granted. A lot of people in the world today don't have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom to assemble - look at Iran, a great and ancient culture with a lot of young people, or the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, or the girl shot in the head in Pakistan for wanting to go to school.

The USA is highly imperfect and we could list its faults for a week, but the ideas behind our democracy are still strong and inspirational. So thanks for defending them. I know you're just doing your job, but your job is very much worth doing.

Sherry said...

Wow mama that's an amazing story.

Sherry said...

My aunt, uncles, father, sister, nephew, and niece all have or are still serving in the Air Force. My nephews base in Djibouti was attacked this weekend. He's fine thank goodness. So very, very grateful for the work they have given and continue to do.

GatorGirl said...

All three boys (twins and one younger) in the Air Force. One just got back from Qatar. I love them all very much!

Dingle Barry said...

To all of your relatives and friends that have served or serve, they are a selfless group that live their values. Thank you from the very depths of my soul.

This sentiment also goes to our brave coalition troops.

Also the foreign civilian interpreters and counterparts that risk everything for their families and the betterment of their countries future. May our government help them find the safety of freedom on our shores.

Lisa said...

My father served in the Army and my husband in the Marines. My grandpa in the Navy. We have always had someone serving and presently I have several nephews and other members on active duty.
Maybe I am being picky but it is something that used to drive my own dad crazy also. We have Veterans Day for the men and women still living.
But today is Memorial Day and it is to remember those brave men and women who we have lost. May we never forget them.

Dingle Barry said...

Yes, Lisa you are correct. I suppose we do a bit of both on each day.

LowKey said...

I have no living immediate family in active service... But to all who have served, I thank you from the bottom of my little black heart.
All jokes aside, I do thank all who serve. American, Canadian, English, Australian, etc; much love to our soldiers and our allies.
I might also be a little drunk...

Renoblondee said...

My brother was a Marine and was injured in Iraq. He was a sniper recon. He's doing well now thank god.

Gayeld said...

Be careful, Quinn! You're my favorite "little brother."

nora nader said...

My dad joined the military at 17 and went to Vietnam twice. At 18 and again at 21 years of age.

They treated him like shit both times he returned from Vietnam. If they only knew what my dad went through while he was there in the late 60's and early 70's -- the assholes who he was fighting for...spit on him. He served the Army for 30 years and then worked for the US Govt for another 20 year.

My dad is a true military soldier. He eats and breathes the Army. My husband also served through Desert Storm in the Air Force.

I will ALWAYS support every Veteran in need. Being a military brat, growing up on or near military bases all my life, I feel like every military person out there is like family to me. God bless those who serve. May the VA always take care of you. Thank you for risking your lives for us.

auntliddy said...

Thank you thank you thank you. Dont evver think we forget you, no matter what war/police action u served in. We dont.

Marti said...

Beautifully expressed!

FS said...

Thanks for the forum, but I think I would rather spend 5 minutes today sending an email to my congressman and 2 senators asking for better pay and full funding for veterans' programs then post a Facebook status or tweet a flag graphic. I hope at least a few others will join me. Congress does what they do because they know no one is paying attention.

Countess Eden said...

Thank you to the millions of service men and women who in whatever capacity serve our country. We appreciate you.!
I had a friend that was in IT that was deployed several times. Severe PTSD even tho she wasn't in danger in war necessarily. It was the threat of being a woman where she was. She came back screwed up.

Still have an uncle in Marines. Not sure if he's back yet. His stories give me chills.


Most of the men in my family have served. One of my uncles had typhoid fever and still can't talk about what he encountered. Major health probs persist.

Realizing how much I take for granted....

FC said...

Yes, my husband currently serves in the Army. Thank you to all who serve and have served this great nation.

Looziana Magnolia said...

Coming from a long line of men who have served for many wars and for different countries, I can't help but be thankful for them and for those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We honor you today.

My husband is active duty AF and we are expecting our first son this fall and I hope we can continue the line of serving. If not, I hope he is as proud of his daddy as I am :)

Mary Ann said...

My family has served since the Revolution, in every generation. My father served in WWII as did my uncles and older cousins. My father and cousins survived. My uncle lost his life to a sniper shortly after D-Day. My brother was career Army, now retired. Two of my three sons served, one in the Air Force (now out), one career Army. Both of them served a tour in Iraq. I can't begin to list the friends who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Memorial Day -- as well as Veterans Day -- is about much more than getting a good deal at the mall. It's about remembering the sacrifices made, great and small, by those who stand guard.

kit said...

My grandfather was Army. My uncles served in Vietnam in the Marines, Army, and Air Force. My cousin is currently Navy.

My other's family has been UK & ANZAC military for 9+ generations. They were officers at Remagen, Arnhem, and with NATO Forces in Bosnia.

There were wartime deaths, PTSD and suicides in both families.

Regardless of our politicians' agendas or our own political angst, professional soldiers still hold to the ideals of our shared democracy, even when we may not be at our best.

I'd like to encourage folks not only to support a professional military - but also to write your congressmen and senators to encourage bills supporting changes and improvements to the VA system, including post-service hiring, in-state tuition rates, mental health and substance abuse programming. Some of this was in the Veterans' Bill (S. 1982) that was not approved in Feb 2014, but may return next season.

Vets have the Fed supporting them during action. Vets NEED US when they're not in action.

thx.

Navymommy said...

Well said, Kit! My son, nephew, daughter in law, son in law, brothers, father, uncles, cousins and good friends. To those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice, my family thanks you and honors you from the bottom of our hearts

Love 2 Cook said...

May God Bless and Protect them. Freedom is not free. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Laninna said...

I miss you, Daddy!

WWII Timberwolf

Steampunk Jazz said...

Thank you...

Erik said...

I have several cousins who are, or were, in the military. I wish our government spent as many resources on health care for vets as we do on tanks and ships even the generals don't want.

justche said...

Veterans Day - November thanks to all vets

Memorial Day - May -honoring those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


Seems to be confusion

cornflowerbluezz said...

@Lady H, thanks for the help. :-)

cornflowerbluezz said...

@Mama Thanks for sharing your story. Please thank your brother-in-law for his service. We lost our family friend, First Officer David Charlebois, the co-pilot of American Airlines #77, in the Pentagon crash.

So happy that your brother-in-law is safe & his service to our Country is much appreciated. I'll keep him in my prayers.

Sincerely,Your Friend said...

I enjoyed reading what all of you wrote, learned a lot, and feel ever more grateful.

Dingle Barry said...

Erik,
Sorry but I chuckled at your comment:

"I wish our government spent as many resources on health care for vets as we do on tanks and ships even the generals don't want."

Generals don't want ships, however, Admirals do! :)

Erik said...

@Dingle Barry

Touche.

Sprink said...

@Dingle, a fellow pedant! Do come sit next to me next time.

Chadboulet said...

It bears repeating. Memorial Day is for those who died serving our country in the military. It's nice to thank the living soldiers, too, but we do have a holiday called Veteran's Day for that.