Veterans Day is pretty big in my house

Veteran’s days are a very special day for the Adame family. My Father Johnnie Adame was a Korean War veteran, My Father-in-law, The Reverend Thomas Ortiz is also a Korean War veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.

I am a Vietnam Veteran and served almost four years in Iraq as a civilian.

My son Billy is a Iraq Combat veteran who was critically wounded in a Battle with Iraqi insurgents in 2006. My youngest son Benjamin, also a combat veteran, served 15 months in Iraq and 12 Afghanistan and my eldest son Paul is a veteran of 5 years in the Air Force. The Adame’s are well acquainted and represented in military service to our Country.

We cherish the ideals which represent America and really believe the principles which we represent across the globe.

I am determined to ensure that America remembers the sacrifice of those we have sent to foreign lands to fight for the ideals all Americans hold close in their hearts. Our obligation to those men and women in uniform cannot and must not be diminished by budgetary, or political considerations. Our duty them is as sacred to us as their duty and oath to our U.S. Constitution is to them.

We remember them on this Veterans day; the wounded, the dead, the hurt, the moms and dads, brothers and sisters, family members and friends. On Veterans day we are all family who have been touched by a veteran somewhere and sometime in our life.

We must never forget our obligations to these brave men and women and must ensure that every one of our elected officials do not forget either.

Veterans Day is also a day to pray for peace on earth and a end to the senseless death and destruction brought about by war. God Bless America and her veterans.

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US Navy veteran

I am a US Navy veteran who served from 1968 to 1977. The last three years with with 2nd ANGLICO at Camp Lejeune. My father was a career Navy man, who earned the Purple Heart in World War II.

James too

Thank you James for your service.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Thank you James.... We are old veterans my friend

But we still must never allow anyone to forget the Veterans in our Great Country; the ones who went before you and I , those who served with us, those who serve today and those who will yet serve.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Pretty big indeed

Thank you Marshall for your service and thank you to your many family members for their service.

Your post says everything so well, I can say only "amen" and THANK YOU again.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Followed my dad's footsteps

into the Army, although he never understood why I decided to jump out of perfectly good airplanes. ;)

And scharrison too

Thank you for your service!

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Been there, done all that, quit!

I am ambivalent over the much avowed sanctification of our wars and those who go to them. I am a 24 year Army veteran, three tours in VN, or the SEA War Games as we called it. To this day, I cringe when someones says "Thank you for your service", which seems to have become a throwaway phrase with no discernible meaning. The MIA thing drove me to distraction for decades, where we randomly killed millions for no discernible reason, "domino" you day.. The "warrior" stuff has been just as bad as we decimated several Mideastern countries on the whim of butchers, Bush and Cheney. I took the King's shilling, I did the King's work, that was about it. But I almost assaulted a poppy pusher on Veterans Day in a blind rage for no apparent reason very and I have reacted badly to useful idiots who glorify military shit. Cost me a fair amount of therapy.

To be rational about our "investments" in the armed forces, they have become employment projects with no end or rationale in sight, seems you can squander any amount of money as long as you wave a flag. Our military is not some holy institution, it is force to do the will of any currently management. As long as we invest it with some "holy" meaning and bow to the leaders, elected and not, we will continue the vast waste and continue to throw lives away, attempting to sanctify these people, volunteer adventurers all, as "heroes and warriors" all. Worse, in the name of empire, we have caused infinite harm to tens and hundreds of millions whose only problem was their random chance to be in the way of one of our two bit politicians and a population rabid to rule the earth on behalf of corporations.

So, rather than glorify our military and the many things done to it, by it and in its name, let us gather our shame as a nation who killed a million Iraqis through embargoes and thought nothing of it and repudiate ignorant empire building for corporations who smugly smile as they gather up profits we enable. "Thank you for your service" is a phrase we should strike from out language, for so very few understand its use as a form of absolute irony. Or is it that so many have so little in their lives they can glorify these terms?

wafranklin

 

You are wrong wafranklin. Your anger is misdirected.

Hi wafranklin,
Based on what you have written sir, your anger should be targeting the US Government and not our warrior class Americans. Our Military go where the government sends them without question, relying on the good judge of their leaders and hoping that what they are doing is somehow making the world a better place to live as well as securing The United States of America. Based on your words, you are one of that class of warriors so you already know this.
You want to bring issue against our government sending Americans to war illegally through deceit, misinformation and lies? I am with you my friend. Want to challenge our Government for sustaining an illegal war at a cost of blood and treasure so great as to almost destroy our economy and bringing total misery and heartbreak to so many American families? I am with you.
Does the fact that our county’s leaders began a program of torture and rendition which goes against every principle and ideal which so many in our past, with greater justification, decided rather to uphold least the words in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence lose any meaning whatever? Count me in. I stand with you there as so many millions other Americans as well.
It seems however you decided to choose the easy target… The low hanging fruit on our national policies and decision, the soldier, the American warrior class. By casting your aspersions agains the soldier and not those he and she obey, you are doing exactly what many in high government would hope . . You attack the easy target. The target who you know can be hurt by your words.
You are angry and that is plain sir. Perhaps you did not receive the adulation so many have received from Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Well join the club friend.
I too am a Vietnam veteran and I remember….. I remember everything… None of which had anything to do with our warriers today. You obviously have no idea what they have seen and done. I was in Iraq for almost four years as a civilian. I know what was going on there. .. The pain, loneliness, suffering and the killing. My own son was critically wounded in a Battle with insurgents in Iraq in 2006. Even now, 100% disabled he seeks no adulation as you may suppose.
You are wrong sir… really dead wrong. If you seek to wallow in self-pity sir….then do so, but do not blame your misery on others who have nothing to do with how you got there.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

My Sincere Gratitude and Respect...

...to all Veterans today and every day.

Rip

I'm conflicted. I too am a veteran. Artillery, Vietnam, 1965

and 1966. I experienced a lot, but I never say too much because, compared to the infantry, my service was a piece of cake. I've spent the night in holes full of water, been shot at, relished shooting VC while they were running across a rice paddy trying to escape napalm, and cherished my best friend, a M14 with a selector switch. NOTHING compared to the infantry and combat marines. NOTHING. 1st Cav and 1st Infantry and the 101st Airborne are my heroes...so to speak.

Hearing "thank you for your service" bugs me. My fond hope is that there actually is an afterlife and that LBJ, Robert McNamara and slew of other pieces of shit will be forced to walk barefoot on a broken glass path lined with the bodies of those they killed ...laid head to toe. I figure at six feet per, it's 60 miles or more. And that's just our folks.

We accomplished nothing enduring in Vietnam, and while I have no first hand experience in the middle east conflict, I'd say the same for it. My respect for all who've served in combat is immense. It's life changing. I also think we need to reinstitute the draft, with no deferments, etc., so people like Mitt Romney, GW Bush, and Dickless Cheney can't avoid it. (As an aside Dipstick Romney put out a statement today praising veterans like somebody gives a Rat's butt what he thinks.) Yep, draft dodger Romney..center stage. Must have been hell living in France going door to door selling Jeebus and then, exhausted from being told to Fk Off by irate frenchmen, and falling asleep in his feather bed. His sons have served tho..according to Mitt....driving his bus. Ewwwww...how dangerous and uncomfie.)

How about the Congressman from..was it Kentucky?...that pulled his face from the trough long enough to notice that the army had awarded a Blackhawk helicopter oil pan contract to some company outside his district...for about $2700 each...and he was incensed that his constituent didn't get the contract for $14,000 apiece and reversed the decision.

I've rambled enough. As I said I'm conflicted. I'm reminded of this quote: "War is delightful to those who have no experience in it".
~ Desiderius Erasmus

Way too many people in this country have no f'ing idea and it doesn't help that we make everyone who serves a "hero."

I need another glass of wine...and to all who were there when the shit hit the fan...Alla Salute!

Stan Bozarth

You sound so much like...

...my old buddy Millard Scoggins. He was in 11th Cav., in country 66-67. Agent Orange finally rotted his lungs out a few years back. His opinions and observations were a lot like yours.

I miss ol' Moose. He was one hell of a man.

The VA sent me a letter years ago saying

I could sign up cuz I had been shot at, exposed to agent orange and all such. So, I thought why not? Got my picture ID. It's been great. I make too much money to qualify for free care, but my card gets me in the Durham parking garage when I take others to get treated. And Lowes gives me a 10% discount.

Everybody ought to go to the big VA center for a day and just watch and talk with the people coming for treatment. Mostly, you can figure only one out of every two people you see is there for care. The other person is there to push his/her wheelchair or lend a hand otherwise so the exhausted can sit while the able can get in line and go from place to place trying to figure out where daddy is supposed to report in next in his quest for relief. Get your number and wait. The medical people are really nice and try to help. The admins mostly act like they've got a tennis match to go to and your sorry ass is holding them up...and would you please just go ahead and die so they don't have to be bothered. Sometimes that's understandable. There's Joe Boonierat...looking pretty good...no appendages obviously missing...eye's still focused...no drool...and he's all decked out looking like he just walked in off a lrrp. You wonder where his grenades are. Freaky. The other side is the guy in bermuda shorts whose legs look like somebody practiced punching belt holes on them. All those puckers and scars where that grazing mg caught him. Or, there's gramps wearing his AF bomber group hat and missing half his face cuz the Germans found the range on his plane and said "howdy" with some big nasty shell.

"Thank you for your service" is lame. Meant well, but lame. How do you say thank you to someone who was probably often scared shitless, couldn't find the saliva to spit, and in your name still went ahead and hopped out of that helicopter or off that landing craft or crawled out of that hole, strapped into that cockpit, whatever, and did what had to be done? For starters you demand...demand...our active duty people not be so poor they and their families have to use food stamps. You pass laws that keep the banks from foreclosing on active duty people's homes, and you make sure that there's a GI bill that helps vet's get an education and a job to better their lives if they need the help. You demand universal health care for vets so, if they need help due to service related injuries, they don't have to drive 300 miles roundtrip for care...they can go to local docs and hospitals. You make sure their widows and kids, if they're killed in combat, can immediately qualify for full social security or are otherwise taken care of. And, once a year, you make every member of Congress spend a week as a member of the team in their district that has to go around notifying families of the death of their loved ones. That's a real thank you.

Stan Bozarth

I am grateful

to hear from the veterans who have posted here.

I remain grateful to all of them for their service. I believe we can appreciate their service without glorifying war.

When I see a man or woman in uniform, I expect I will continue to say, "Thank you for your service". It will be sincere, and I hope it's accepted as my sincere thanks.

Thank you, veterans, for your service. We owe you.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Late to this party

I too am a veteran, US Naval Academy Class of '77, US Navy officer '77-'83. I was fortunate to never serve in combat. My father served in WWII aboard USS Albert W. Grant (DD-649), and an uncle died in the flight deck fire on USS Forrestal in the Tonkin Gulf in 1967.

Like many others, I am quite uncomfortable with the meaningless ritual of "thank you for your service." Most of the time, i respond graciously. But there are times when I really want to respond with what I really feel. I really want to suggest that the well-meaning well-wisher write his or her Senator and Congresscritter and demand that we thank veterans for their service by fully funding veterans health care, including mental health services, for life. I want that person to thank veterans for their service by insisting on making sure unemployed veterans receive unemployment benefits for one year after returning from duty. I want the patriotic civilian to demand the end to homelessness among veterans.

As Marshall Adame wrote: "We must never forget our obligations to these brave men and women and must ensure that every one of our elected officials do not forget either."

But I also understand fully the frustration of wafranklin. I abhor the "patriotic" practice of wrapping the cross in the American flag, so prevalent in our suburban megachurches. I detest that we have a mercenary military force, rather than citizen-soldiers that became our "Greatest Generation." And I despise the fact that many of our military spending decisions are based on political and economic expediency rather than on objective evaluations of national security.

There is something rotten when our lower enlisted ranks qualify for food stamps, while defense contractor executives take home millions in compensation. There is something seriously amiss when returning veterans can't find jobs or housing or health care.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR