Appreciating the Military; Do we have any Veterans in the Community we can thank today?

By AuntieM234 Latest Reply 2012-09-06 22:11:00 -0500
Started 2011-05-30 10:27:07 -0500

This forum may not be intended for this subject, but I think its appropriate today. My Son-in-Law just spent a year in Afghanistan. He wasn't in the Military; he is a welder and a major portion of his job was in armor-plating vehicles and taking several pieces of blown-up equipment and welding them back together into one complete and functional piece of equipment. He saw, first hand, and experienced some of the same difficult conditions under which our men and women in uniform must function. If there are any Veterans out there, please identify yourselves so we can convey our appreciation! ;-)

58 replies

roxygyrl1970 2012-09-04 05:58:42 -0500 Report

Here Ma'am!! Desert Storm Vet here on a ship. Was also serving on order 9/11 in Pensacola for a bridge project as a Seabee. Served until I was diagnosed with T1 D.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-02 17:14:48 -0500 Report

I don't know why there are no likes showing up on this discussion. I know that I checked the like. So I just wanted you to know that I really appreciated you posting it.

Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith 2011-06-02 17:44:13 -0500 Report

The likes seem to be displaying correctly for me right now, so I don't have much to go on. Next time you see the problem, will you send me or John a message directly? We'll investigate right away.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-03 01:14:48 -0500 Report

The likes are finally showing up for me now WOW 20 likes. THAT'S MORE LIKE IT.
I knew there should have been a lot. It was a really good post. There are a few other comments on this post that I clicked like that haven't showed up yet., but the discussion likes are there now. By the way, I clicked like on your comment, and it hasn't showed up yet.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-04 02:42:05 -0500 Report

I have clicked like on all of your comments on this post. Just thought I would let you know dear friend.

AuntieM234 2011-06-02 17:32:13 -0500 Report

I know what you mean Trudie. Being the originator of the discussion, i've been wondering that myself. There have been some nice replies and I wondered why no one clicked the "like" button. Maybe its not working. I'm glad you liked the posting. Mara

big momma 10
big momma 10 2011-06-02 09:34:22 -0500 Report

Hi, My hubby served in the USAF for 24.5 years. My eldest daughter was in the Army and she getting to reup, also my youngest daughter who just graduated is joined the Army and my grandson is goiong to the Air force. As you can tell we are a military family. I have a neice who is in Afg now. They had to close down the base due to bombing. so let alway keep our soilders newor old in our prayers.

AuntieM234 2011-06-02 11:04:47 -0500 Report

Right on, big momma!! Kudo to your Military Family!! Y'all have certainly given lots of Service to our Country and I sincerely appreciate it. By all means, we should always keep all our Military personnel in our prayers, whether current or Veterans! Thanks for your input. Mara

JKENDRICK 2011-06-01 11:35:48 -0500 Report

I retired from the US Navy in 1973 MCPO was in the korean war at the end also Veitnam twice 1957 and again in 1968 on the river also was in Japan for 5 years on the LST Squadron stationed there, also was in on the Cuba Crisis when they had all of those ships coming there loaded for everything saw those ships go back home they thought better of it very quickley

AuntieM234 2011-06-01 12:12:28 -0500 Report

Well thanks for all your Service to our Country. We would certainly be worse off without Gentlemen like you! Thanks for your input. My late husband was a Korea Veteran. ;-) Mara

JKENDRICK 2011-06-01 13:33:11 -0500 Report

Thank you for the reply sorry about your Husband Korea was quiet a place to be and at the time a place to be away from we landed troops on the beach and also picked them back up and took them other places it is something to remember on Memorial Day and when vets get together and talk about the places they have been and saw while they were there everything has changed so much anymore

AuntieM234 2011-06-01 23:15:44 -0500 Report

I hear you there, J! My husband wouldn't talk about his time in Korea, so I knew it must have been a pretty rough tour.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-06-01 11:07:08 -0500 Report

Hi Auntie M234,

How you doing! I see a few counseling clients through a program for veterans, and it hs really opened my eyes to what they are dealing with. Difficult conditions both while they are deployed, but also after they return. I am not a Vet but have tremendous respect for our armed forces.

I'm glad you started this discussion. I hope you are having a good week.


AuntieM234 2011-06-02 17:41:51 -0500 Report

Thank you for your input, Dr Gary. I can't even imagine how difficult it is, given the conditions in which they have to live. Thanks, again, for your input. I appreciate it a great deal. I'm doing great and having a good week. Thanks for asking! And the back to you. Mara

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-05-31 08:52:49 -0500 Report

I to would like to say a big THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! for serving and protecting our country & freedoms!!!!!!!!!! We all should say thank you everyday and not just on a holiday.I CHALLANGE EVERYONE THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE SOMEONE WITH A HAT ON THAT SAYS MILITARY RETIRED OR WAR VETERENS PLEASE LET THEM KNOW THAT WE CARE AND SAY THANK YOU, you don;t know how much it means to them.

AuntieM234 2011-05-31 14:24:05 -0500 Report

Dear Steam hammer: Thanks for your post. I agree with you wholeheartedly, and that is something that I've been doing for awhile now. I love going up to a member of the Armed Services, or a Veteran, to express my thanks! I can't possibly know for sure what each and everyone in our Armed Services have experienced, are still experiencing, in their service to our Country. I DO know that nothing I could say or do will ever be sufficient to express my gratitude. God Bless, and love to all of those who serve!

tommy123400 2011-05-31 08:01:34 -0500 Report

Thanks for recognizing all those who serve. I too, am a Vietnam Veteran who is disabled because of war service. Just to make it very clear,,,I would answer the call again if needed. Bless all of you and may we someday never need a military force anywhere in the world. Imagine…a world at peace?

AuntieM234 2011-05-31 14:15:06 -0500 Report

Dear tommy123400: Many thanks for your Military Service! I'm sorry that it left you disabled, but I'm glad you are still among the living. Please know that I am truly appreciative of your sacrifices. It is commendable that you would be willing to provide that service again. Ah … world peace, it would be nice! God Bless you, too!

eristar 2011-05-31 06:36:42 -0500 Report

A day late, but I would like to add my thanks to all of you who have served or have family members in the service. (Both my father and father-in-law fought in WWII.)

AuntieM234 2011-05-31 14:06:18 -0500 Report

Dear eristar: Many thanks to both your father and father-in-law for their Military Service during WWII. If they are still living, please convey my thanks to them. Thanks to you for responding to my post. Its never too late to pay honor to our current and past Misitary Service members.

eristar 2011-06-01 06:04:53 -0500 Report

Good morning, AuntieM - I would be proud to add your thanks to mine, were either of those good men still with us. I have my Dad's Air Force wings - he was a pilot - and every time I see them, I am so moved, and grateful he came back home. Have a good day!

Guardianstone 2011-05-31 04:28:32 -0500 Report

My husband Dave (15 1/2 years) and I (10 1/2 years) were active duty Air Force till we were no longer needed.
Thank you to those who did and still serve.
Guardian stone (Ssgt)
Jedi1701 (Msgt)

AuntieM234 2011-05-31 14:02:01 -0500 Report

Dear Guardianstone: Thanks to you and your husband for your many years of Military Service! Your screen name certainly seems appropriate given your life's path. Please know that I am truly appreciative of your many sacrifices!

Gimpalong 2011-05-31 02:01:16 -0500 Report

My son, Mike, and his wife, Elaine, are both career Navy. My son has been to Iraq four times, and to some of the other war zones. I'll be glad when both of them are home for good. I don't ask what they do, since I was told if they told me anything, they'd have to shoot me. I just wanted to know how their days went! LOL ))))))))))))))) AuntieM thanks for caring and remembering as we all should. God bless.

AuntieM234 2011-05-31 03:08:33 -0500 Report

Dear Nancy: Thanks for responding to my discussion topic. I appreciate your input. Please convey my thanks and appreciation to Mike and Elaine. I hope their tours will end soon and they will be back home safely. Mara

runthe 2011-05-30 21:12:19 -0500 Report

My son Anthony is in the Air force.. My sis and bro is an veteran.

AuntieM234 2011-05-30 23:40:51 -0500 Report

Dear runthe: Thanks for responding and please convey my thanks to Anthony and your sis and bro. Their service is much appreciated!

alanbossman 2011-05-30 21:00:42 -0500 Report

Yes I'am a Vietnam vet I was in service from 1968 throught 1971

AuntieM234 2011-06-06 03:53:52 -0500 Report

Thank you for your Military Service, Alan. It is sincerely appreciated. Sorry, it looks like I missed this one the other day! ;-) Mara

gbc43 2011-05-31 06:07:07 -0500 Report

Iam a Veitnam Vet also , and I served from June 1962 till November 1970 . USN

AuntieM234 2011-06-01 08:08:02 -0500 Report

Hey gbc43! Thanks for your input, but especially for your Military Service! Both are sincerely appreciated. I hope all is well with you. Mara

jayabee52 2011-05-30 20:33:54 -0500 Report

My dad was in WW2 also. I wasn't picked for the draft during the Vietnam era, but came mighty close in the draft lottery one year. I have 3 sons who served in the military (pic of us 4 together in 2004 in my pictures on my profile). One son, behind me, is no longer in the NV Ntl Guard. One is in the Navy now in jacksonville
FL, and the other is in a JrROTC uniform is now in the Army reserves in Iowa

melota 2011-05-30 15:04:23 -0500 Report

My dad is a veteran from WW2. He did not give his life in service, but he did a great service for the American way of Life, and I am proud of him.

AuntieM234 2011-05-30 15:11:01 -0500 Report

Of course you are proud of him, and well you should be! Please tell him Thanks! from me. Thanks for your reply. Love, M

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-30 14:52:34 -0500 Report

I am a veteran. I was a WAC ( Womans Army Corp) back in 76 & 77

AuntieM234 2011-05-30 14:56:54 -0500 Report

Good for you! Thanks for your military service, and thanks for letting us know! Love, Mara ;-)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-01 02:42:05 -0500 Report

I have a nephew who receintly enlisted in the Army, and is leaving for training on his birthday. I also have several uncles that were military and one who was at Pearl Harbor, but I was the first woman in my family tree to serve.

majikinfl 2011-05-30 14:09:34 -0500 Report

I too am not a veteran however my father served in WWII, my Brother in desert shield and storm and served 20 years. I have several friends who served and I want to Join AuntieM234 in Thanking all our service men and women past and present for their service. YES come forward and accept the recognition you deserve.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-30 12:19:18 -0500 Report

I'm not a veteran but my nephew is serving in Afganistan. He has been in the army for 5 yrs. now. He is a sergeant. He gets to come home for 2 weeks in June. We miss him so much & are looking forward to seeing him.