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Old 08-01-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque, November 11th, 2009. Military Order
Of Purple Heart. Photo by Rich Sanchez.


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Old 08-02-2010, 06:31 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Provost Marshal Operations Sergeant, Sergeant Lisa Bendler, a Kentucky National Guard Soldier from the 2113th
Transportation Company from Paducah, KY., that is currently attached to 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry
Regiment in Iraq, takes notes during an interview May 5. 2010. U.S. Army photo.

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Old 08-03-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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In honor of the U.S. Army Reserve's 102nd anniversary, 60 specially chosen Reserve Soldiers from across the U.S.
came together to take part in the fifth annual U.S. Army Reserve National Capitol Reenlistment Ceremony, April 23,
inside the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building, DC. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Jack C. Stultz,
chief, U.S. Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command administered the oath of
enlistment. Defense Department photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess.






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Old 08-03-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: texas
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This is a GREAT THREAD and much needed! To all of you that have served or have someone that has, THANK YOU! Without YOU, there would be no US.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Feed the Dawgs lends helping paw to Combat Center - Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms,
San Bernardino, California, Military working dog handlers from the Combat Center's Provost Marshal's Office pose with
Jon hemp and Ron Carlton, two founders of the Feed the Dawgs organization and Air Force Vietnam veteran dog
handlers, at the Home Depot in San Bernardino, California, December 4th, 2009.The Feed the Dawgs Project is a
culmination of United States Military Vietnam Veterans and patriotic citizens joining together to support and recognize
the dedication and patriotism of today's Military Working Dog personnel around the globe. The United States Air Force,
Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy deploy Military Working Dog teams in many regions of the world in support of
global peace and stability. We feed steak barbecues to active military dog handlers in all branches of United States
service as they return from or "ship out" for deployments to the front lines on the War on Terror. The Feed the Dawgs
Project web site is located at: feedthedawgs.com


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Old 08-04-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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From another post of mine....

Thank the OLD vets.....They're dying, going away. Thank them now while you have a chance. Don't judge them. They may be grumpy or not hear too well, thank them anyway. If they're not wearing a hat or a jacket with vet patches on it, ask them if they're a vet. Thank all elderly people for the sacrifices they made over and over, people on the home front sacrificed too. Take the time to talk to them a little. Listen to them a lot. Don't worry to much about us younger vets....we've got time and work left to do....Thank the old old vets. The day will come when all the World War Two vets will be gone, the Korea vets, the Viet Nam vets.... Value these men and women NOW while we still have a chance to humble ourselves a little bit in the face of all the terrors and tragedy that THEY suffered and survived. Once they're gone that is it.....Forever is FINAL.....Thank these men, thank them now. No judgment no shame no politics or racism or blame.....just thank them for doing what they thought was the right thing to do....and for risking everything. Find it in your heart to give them even a few seconds of joy that at least someone cares....Put your SELF aside and think of them. Thank them.

(and a word on caring, people.....as our world lines up to give us a beating, as the politicians and bankers and thieves all line up to rob us.....all we will have is God, and each other.....family and friends. Now is the time that we start to take stock of what is really important in American LIFE as we loose the distractions that enslave us....because in so many ways we can no longer afford them....Thank the VETERANS for all that they have done....the losses and sorrows that they suffered...and continue to suffer...being good to others.....and kindness.... may be the only thing we have left....give it freely....)

When I got back from Iraq people in the Airports in Georgia, Texas....different folks...they'd come up and say "Thank you for your service"....and that was nice....even a little bit of that in some California towns....but not nearly as many....but MY heart goes out to those guys whom so many have forgotten....When I see these old vets I drop what I'm doing....loose my place in line....forget about my oh so precious and pressing schedule and go up and THANK THESE VETS.....

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Des Moines, Iowa - Members of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, jump out of a C-130
cargo aircraft 5,500 feet above Des Moines to parachute into North High School during a Des Moines Navy Week. Des
Moines Navy Week is one of 20 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2010. Navy Weeks are designed to show
Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a
significant Navy presence. April 20, 2010. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy, photo by Chief Special Warfare Boat Operator
J.C. Ledbetter.

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Old 08-05-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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Again, incredible pics Poncho. Welcome Kingdomcome and Happy Cells. Poncho, the pics keep getting better and better. Thank you for keeping this thread alive.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Again, incredible pics Poncho. Welcome Kingdomcome and Happy Cells. Poncho, the pics keep getting better and better. Thank you for keeping this thread alive.
It's my pleasure!


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Old 08-06-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class John Felix said he had fixated for far too long on what he couldn't do due to
multiple sclerosis. Just days into his first National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Felix said he'll
return home a new man, focused on his capabilities, not his disability.

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