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Happy New Year 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
It's a brotherhood like no other and only those who serve or have served, can identify.
Happy New Yaers

Veteran to Veteran

When a Veteran leaves the 'job' and "retires" to a better life, many are
jealous, some are pleased, and others, who may have already "retired,"
wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know.

1. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few
experience, there will remain a longing for those past times.

2. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship that lasts long after the
uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet.

3. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every
step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very
bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart, still is.

These are the burdens of the "job". You will still look at people suspiciously,
still see what others do not see or choose to ignore, and always will look at
the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown
in a lifetime of knowing.

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into "retirement", in your
heart you never forget for one moment that you are still a member of the
greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

NOW! Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry
on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will kick the crowd's ass that left you behind.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences...
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had enough.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, 'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!' Then carry you home safely and put you to bed.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk crap to the person who talks crap about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will knock the hell out OF THEM for using your name in vain.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.
A veteran - whether active duty, "retired," or reserve- is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank cheque made payable to 'Their Government and Nation, for an amount of up to and including my life'
Ron Harding (User)
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Re:Happy New Year 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
TRUTH, Happy New Year tO you and yours.
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