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Old 06-22-2009, 04:43 AM
 
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The song Welcome Home Soldier written by a Vet is going to debut in Tulsa on July 18th at Centennial Park. I think the band is called Suaveacito Sound and one of the members was previously a member of Miami Sound Machine.

I don't know if they will have CD's there or not but there is a whole lot of buzz going on about this concert.
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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You all are very welcome from this old River Rat.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico, November 12, 2007
https://www.flickr.com/photos/poncho_nm/2044467491/

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Old 06-29-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Caballos-Toys For Tots Parade, Sponsored by the U.S Marine Corps
Reserve Toys for Tots Program
and the town of Corrales, New Mexico,
November 2008.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/poncho_nm/3058424161/

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Old 06-29-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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Thank you for sharing those pictures and for keeping this thread going.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: S.Dak
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To all who have served in the US Military & defended my Freedom!
Happy Independence Day!
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY
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thanks to them i get to say, "happy birthday usa!"
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:36 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I thank all our vets and current service people for my freedoms. I am praying none of it was for naught with the way our country is headed now.

Happy birthday America!
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I would like to share a letter I wrote about regarding a very special veteran. That letter is as follows and pretty much states how I feel about veterans whom have lost their lives in conflicts..

Dear Butch,

I know you remember that day well, 38 summers ago standing in the rice patty with my father as you heard the thud of a bullet hitting a body. Nanoseconds later you heard the rifle report and for a split second you and my father knew one of you had been hit, but was not sure which one. Unfortunately it was you.

You never returned to the United States again, even though you made it through boot camp, became best friends with my Dad and did two tours of duty in Vietnam. To die three days before your return home hardly seems fair.

The Survivor Guilt is deep within my dad, even now, but he picked himself up by his boot laces and did well these past 38 years. He has used his medic training to save two lives, doing tracheotomy’s on the side of the road to save car accident victims. He also opened his home to hundreds of foster children, had three children of his own and adopted six more. He’s done some good despite the memories of Vietnam.

The sad thing is, I will never know your real name. Dad never talks about Vietnam and it is too painful to ask what your real name is. Butch is all I will ever know.

I have touched your name once though, on the wall in Washington, DC. I was too small to remember the name, but small enough so that I could be put on my Uncles shoulders and rub your name with chalk onto a piece of paper as Dad cried…really cried. I had never seen my Dad cry before, but of all the names…one name…your name…touched him the most.

Despite 38 years of silence, one thing needs to be said. Not from my Dad, but from me Butch. Thanks for taking that bullet for my Dad.

Written by BrokenTap, son of a combat disabled Vietnam Veteran
God Bless you and your Father.
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