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Yes 517 71.41%
No 207 28.59%
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Old March 17, 2007, 07:11 PM   #26
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Old March 17, 2007, 07:24 PM   #27
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I believe that I read that book in the early 80's. Heinlein?
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Old March 17, 2007, 07:32 PM   #28
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Old March 17, 2007, 07:37 PM   #29
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Blackwater Ops,

You're probably correct, that it's more likely vets would click on the thread. And even non-vets that do click, are more likely not to even answer YES or NO. Sure not a scientific poll.

A big "Thank you" to all that have gone before, and to all that are currently serving.

Also, thanks to those that have not served, but appreciate the service of those that have. Far too many don't give a second thought about the price that get's paid for the freedoms they take for granted.
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Old March 17, 2007, 07:54 PM   #30
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vet?

Yeah. VN . Medic. Class of 66-67. John
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Old March 17, 2007, 08:03 PM   #31
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Old March 17, 2007, 08:16 PM   #32
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Old March 17, 2007, 08:19 PM   #33
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Amen.
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Old March 17, 2007, 11:11 PM   #34
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I would agree that the vets are most likely to click on this thread. But they are most likely not going to vote if they are from the Viet Nam era. There were no bands playing when we came home, no home comings, no heros in neigborhood. We were killers and murderers. We were spit on, had garbage thrown at us and then when you needed any medical care as a vet, you were treated like a pig crap. And things haven't gotten much better for the VN vet. I won't even get near a Vet hospital, I care about me too much to let Uncle Sammys morons touch me. They are actively killing the guy I went thru Nam with by over medicating him. Oh well, rant off.
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Old March 18, 2007, 12:26 AM   #35
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No. The conscritption lottery for Viet Nam just missed me

This was 1970, and my draft number was 115. That year they drafted up to #110.

http://www.sss.gov/lotter1.htm

I have the highest respect for all of those who have served our country, but I never did. Now that I'm older than dirt, no one would want me.
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Old March 18, 2007, 12:36 AM   #36
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My dad and uncle served in Desert Storm. My grandpa served in Vietnam. My great grandpa served in Korea. I also have lots of older cousins currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. I may not support the war much, but I do support our troops. God bless them for defending my freedoms. I most likely will never serve when I'm 18 because I have a 10 month old son and I don't want to miss ANY part of him growing up. Also too I got a medical condition that won't allow me to join anyways. I'm working on getting that problem to go away though.

I would have to say that Vets are like the best story tellers on Earth. I can just sit for hours listening to my grandpa tell me Vietnam stories. He's a bit on the graphic side, but he's just being real.
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Old March 18, 2007, 01:36 AM   #37
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So far a little over 10 yrs. in the 82nd ABN (think i'm done after this though). Currently on my second deployment in Iraq. (fifth deployment total)
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Old March 18, 2007, 01:42 AM   #38
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Old March 18, 2007, 03:02 AM   #39
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So far a little over 10 yrs. in the 82nd ABN (think i'm done after this though).
Might as well finish out your 20 at this point...
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Old March 18, 2007, 03:42 AM   #40
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I don't think so.....

...if memory serves me, it's no longer 20 and get 50% of your pay retirement....I believe it's now 25.
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Old March 18, 2007, 03:43 AM   #41
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Old March 18, 2007, 06:56 AM   #42
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Old March 18, 2007, 07:01 AM   #43
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Old March 18, 2007, 07:42 AM   #44
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Old March 18, 2007, 07:47 AM   #45
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Nope never been in. I tried to enlist several times but they wouldn't let me due to a medical condition. One of the great regrets of my life.
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Old March 18, 2007, 07:48 AM   #46
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Old March 18, 2007, 08:15 AM   #47
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I had to vote no because I only became a citizen of the US recently, but would fight for her in a minute. I did serve with Princess Louise's 8th Canadian Hussars...yeah I know a mouthful.......for 2 years. It was an armored recon unit and I got to spend 6 months in Cyprus on UN duty. The UN should be disbanded....thier rules of engagement a joke.
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Old March 18, 2007, 09:22 AM   #48
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Old March 18, 2007, 09:37 AM   #49
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Old March 18, 2007, 11:26 AM   #50
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