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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoey1980 View Post
    SSG US Army, 12 years, 11B Infantry and 19D Cavalry Scout. Bradley Master gunner, Instructor certified. OIF III 04-05 Baghdad and Balad. Ft. Campbell, Ft. Knox, Ft. Stewart, Ft. Benning, Ft. Hood, Ft. Irwin, Arnold Air Force Base, and lovely Camp Shelby MS. Discharged 2 days ago, 18 Feb. 2010, involuntarily after a years worth of appeals trying to stay. Exposed to something over there that gave me COPD and middle stage empasyma.
    Thanks for your service man. That is the way it seems to go with the military. I hope they are at least taking care of you even though you are out. I am sure they aren't. I know a lot of vets that don't get taken care of. It's sad.

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    Default Thank you all our Veterans past present and future.

    I received this from my step-mom tonight and had to pass it along.
    To all our armed forces god bless you

    The Old Man...

    As I came out of the supermarket that
    sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries
    towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of
    his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door

    The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five
    feet away.

    I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm,
    walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming
    too, and took a few steps towards him. I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something.

    The young man put his grocery
    bag into what looked like a brand
    new Cadillac Escalade and then turn back to the old
    man and I heard him yell at the old gentleman
    saying, 'You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car
    at your age.' And then with a wave of his
    hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out
    of the parking lot.

    I saw the old gentleman pull
    out his handkerchief and mop his brow as he went
    back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then
    went to his wife and spoke with her and appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough and I approached the old man.
    He saw me coming and stood straight and as I got
    near him I said, 'Looks like you're having a problem.'

    He smiled sheepishly and
    quietly nodded his head. I looked under the
    hood myself and knew that whatever the problem was,
    it was beyond me. Looking around I saw a gas
    station up the road and told the old man that I would
    be right back. I drove to the station and went
    inside and saw three attendants working on
    cars.. I approached one of them and related the
    problem the old man had with his car and offered to
    pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.

    The old man had pushed the heavy car under
    the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting
    his wife. When he saw us, he straightened up and thanked
    me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the
    problem (overheated engine) I spoke with the old

    When I shook hands with him earlier,
    he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had
    commented about it, telling me that he had been a
    Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question,
    'What outfit did you serve with?'

    He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine
    Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and
    Guadalcanal . He had hit all the big ones and
    retired from the Corps after the war was over. As
    we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw
    the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as
    the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped
    by me and I told him I would just put the
    bill on my AAA card.

    He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I
    assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my
    pocket. We all shook hands all around again and I
    said my goodbye's to his wife. I then told
    the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the
    station. Once at the station I told them that they
    had interrupted their own jobs to come along with
    me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay
    for the help, but they refused to charge me..

    One of them pulled out a card from his
    pocket looking exactly like the card the old
    man had given to me. Both of the men told me then, that they
    were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook
    hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them
    told me I should look at the card the old man had
    given to me. I said I would and drove off.

    For some reason I had gone about two blocks
    when I pulled over and took the card out of my
    pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name
    of the old gentle man was on the card in golden
    leaf and under his name...... 'Congressional Medal
    of Honor Society.'

    I sat there motionless looking
    at the card and reading it over and over. I looked
    up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled
    that on this day, four Marines had all come
    together, because one of us needed help. He
    was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next
    to greatness and courage and an honor to have been
    in his presence. Remember, OLD men like him gave you
    FREEDOM for America . Thanks to those who served...& those who supported them.

    America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war.
    America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops,
    PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!

    Remember, Freedom isn't "Free" -- thousands have paid the price so you can enjoy what you have today.

    LET'S DO THIS --

    FAMILY, and our Nation's armed forces. AMEN.

    Prayer is so powerful.

    This Picture is Worth 1000 Million Words...

    We truly take a lot for granted.. Forget the football "heroes" and movie "stars". Pass this on so that all may know the price of freedom
    Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.
    One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.

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    Navy, six years. Electronics Technician 2nd Class NEC 1472, 1678

    Operation Enduring Freedom

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    I also was in the Navy. 4 years, 1980 - 1984. Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd class. I could tell you some stories.

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    Thank you guys very much for keeping us safe

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    For what its worth, I enlisted in USAF in 1977, started as E-1 and retired in 1996 as a Captain. Good ride, free college to get BSEE and MSEE (Electrical Engineering, NOT Elementary Education !)

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