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Old 10-18-2019, 03:23 AM   #1
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You Are Worth It

Just saw a clip on one of the cable news networks of an interview with Retired Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter Medal of Honor recipient for his action in Afghanistan Nov. 2010. He jumped on a grenade to save a fellow Marine. Needless to say he sustained massive injuries requiring some 40 surgeries.

BipeFlier made a post back in August of this year titled "How Do You Respond" and I went through all 8 pages of responses to make sure I don't step on someones response. Lance Corporal Carpenter's response to the question is "You Are Worth It" and he has a book out by same title.
I really like that response especially now that I am older and had plenty of time to reflect on my past service of 21 years US Navy 10 months in country Viet Nam. I know that when I ended my first enlistment late 1974 I would have never thought such a thing. The VietNam war had just ended an people were not to friendly to us military types. Now things are much different and there might just be a reason for me to feel that way towards anyone who says, thank you for your service.
Am I wrong to feel like this?

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Old 10-18-2019, 12:36 PM   #2
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Thank you for your service!

Of course it's not wrong for you to "feel" however you feel. I think military service is something to be proud of.

I also think the best mindset to have in general is to be a caring person without caring too much what people think.

I'm finishing up a 36 year career in the Air Force (10 active duty, 26 DOD).

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Old 10-18-2019, 12:54 PM   #3
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Back in 1972 two buddies and I enlisted in the NAVY not for 'Glory', 'Love of Country' or out of 'Patriotism' .....none of those high-minded concepts.
We volunteered to get out of WY and have an opportunity for something different.
Jobs consisted of Oil Field, Oil Refinery, Service Stations, Restaurants
Already having worked in Restaurants, Service Stations and Oil Field we wanted a chance at something better.....US NAVY gave us that chance.

We signed up........2 of us left after our 6 yr enlistment, 3rd guy made the NAVY his career (6 year due to NUKE School)

Folks say 'Thanks for your Service' and I respond "Thank-you" and leave it at that.
TAX PAYERS funded my training.....some of the best and definitely the most intense. Training/experience that provided me with a SKILL that paid very well and made for a very decent living.

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To be honest I didn't join out of patriotism either. I joined because I had a low draft number and could not afford to stay in college, plus my recruiter promised I would not have to go in country as we use to say. Boy those recruiters were just so funny. Little did I know that I would become a Lifer as we used to call anyone making a career out of the Navy.
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:18 AM   #5
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I've mentioned my service "resume" in other posts, so I will not repeat it here least it sound like boasting.

I, too, was spurned by persons seeing me in uniform back in the very early '70's. But our society has matured and now realizes that the individual soldier/sailor/airman/marine is not to blame for the politics and is making sacrifices and gambling with his/her life on behalf of our country.

When someone says, "Thank You for your service", I respond that "It was my honor."

When I encounter another veteran, I say "Thank You for your service, and Welcome Home!"
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:49 PM   #6
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I joined to help the little guy's defend themselves against the bullies.
When I am thanked for my service, and it happens a lot, I reply "Thank you don't forget to vote"!

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