Doc
Doc
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November 11th, 2015 at 2:50:54 PM permalink
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Those of us who served "in country" came home quietly and got on with our lives. Most don't talk about it. My family has a long tradition of military service and I was proud to carry that on. By the way, my draft number was very high and there was zero chance that I would be called.

My family does not have that long tradition. I don't think any of my ancestors served in the military since the Civil War. My older brother enlisted in the Navy in 1964. His assignments after basic training were at Philadelphia, Key West, and Charleston. The farthest he ever got from home was one sailing to Guantanamo.

I was drafted before they started that lottery thing, so my only "draft" number was the registration number at my local board. I was on active duty from 2/25/69 through 2/24/71 -- very hot times for many servicemen, but I was never sent outside the U.S. of A. I downplay the existence of my military time because it does not compare in any way to that of those who served in combat.

I spent those two years doing work very similar to what I did both before and after that as a civilian. My early civilian career was in developing rocket motors for Army weapon systems. I spent my active duty time at White Sands Missile Range, NM testing the missiles. Similar job, just much lower pay. The change of employer and job title was just a nuisance, not a life/sanity-threatening experience. I thank those who did the tough jobs.
kewlj
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November 11th, 2015 at 4:01:34 PM permalink
I ate at the Sunset Station buffet today. On Wednesday's my partner and mother and I always eat at either one of the Station properties of Boyd properties for senior day (1/2 off). They both are over 50. I am not, but I usually have a 1/2 price coupon and everything is paid for with points anyway.

I knew there would be a long line with senior day coinciding with Veteran's day and the Veteran's free buffet promotion and BOY WAS THERE. I waited in line for an hour while the other two in my party waited on a nearby bench. But it did give me chance to chat and make friends with two gentlemen who served our country, that were in front of me in line. A most enjoyable conversation made the time go by much quicker and of course I had the chance to express my gratitude for their service.

I am really glad that many of the casinos offer such a promotion on Veterans Day. For any of you veterans that may not know, Club Fortune in Henderson has a Veteran's appreciation day each month (usually first or second Monday) where Veterans eat lunch for free and get a spin of the wheel for some free play.
FatGeezus
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November 12th, 2015 at 9:05:28 AM permalink
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I can assure you that there were no cameras waiting for the Viet Nam vet's "surprise" homecoming. No vets showing up at the kids' school, no running onto the sports field at halftime and no thank you for your service.


I was an infantryman with the 1st Air Cav. I made over 25 helicopter assaults, been in fire fights and been ambushed a few times. What upsets me when I see these homecomings is that many of those service men never even carried a weapon. They worked in finance or maintenance or etc.


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Being spat upon sometimes gets mentioned. I have never witnessed that nor do I personally know anyone that had that misfortune and I traveled in uniform.



I am very active with Vietnam veterans and none of them were ever spat on.
1BB
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November 12th, 2015 at 9:12:09 AM permalink
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I was an infantryman with the 1st Air Cav. I made over 25 helicopter assaults, been in fire fights and been ambushed a few times. What upsets me when I see these homecomings is that many of those service men never even carried a weapon. They worked in finance or maintenance or etc.




I am very active with Vietnam veterans and none of them were ever spat on.



I feel you, FatGeezus. I hope your Veteran's Day went well.
Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth. - Mahatma Ghandi
BleedingChipsSlowly
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November 12th, 2015 at 9:55:06 AM permalink
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Nya:weh ja:goh. "Thank you, well done" in Native tongue. ...

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