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Gods all bless, Veterans

The ones who are and the ones who have gone before. Today and every day I think of you, what you are doing, what you have done, what you have been, what you have built, what you endure, what you represent, the good that so many of you have done and continue to do, the pain that so many of you have borne and continue to bear, the guilt and sorrow that are poor reparations for going to do what you were told was right and proper.

Whoever you are, whatever your sex and race and sexual orientation, wherever you've served, whatever is laid to your account, I wish you an end to pain, good years on this earth, full nights of real sleep without dreams, and the comradeship of those who learned the same truths as you. I wish you respect from your community, service from the government that promised to help you in return for hard work at thankless jobs, and promises kept.

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cxrdevil
Nov. 11th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
amen.
nocturnallady
Nov. 11th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Tammy you've put it perfectly.
everstone
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
A beautiful dedication to some of the most under-respected people in our communities, who do one of the hardest jobs imaginable.
ladyelentari
Nov. 12th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
as an active-duty servicemember and a big fan of your work, it is heartwarming to know that we are not forgotten.
tammypierce
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Never. Never, ever.
eikasporker
Nov. 12th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
And may the ones out there all get home safely.
tammypierce
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
So mote it be.
nelka35
Nov. 12th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
.
sennasilver
Nov. 12th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. one thing I don't understand thought is why people keep referring to "past and present" veterans, or as you said, "those who have gone before"

Veteran is a status that doesn't really change after it's achieved. Once a veteran, always a veteran. It's sort of like saying former human. (although I realize you may be referring to deceased veterans, in which case, my point is moot.)

anyways. agreed.
tammypierce
Nov. 13th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, I mean deceased, since a lot of my closest ones are, and since veteran doesn't mean deceased, though a lot of celebrations on Veteran's Day show cemetaries. I think a lot of people forget the living ones, and (especially the Iraqi and Afghanistan vets and the women vets) the living ones are in serious trouble.
sennasilver
Nov. 14th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Ah. I live in Savannah, GA, very close to a lot of military bases so Veteran's Day has a slightly different tone here.
tammypierce
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I realize you may be referring to deceased veterans,

Exactly.

There's a saying from my childhood: "One more G.I. from Vietnam, Saint Peter. I've spent my time in Hell." I think it's been revised for every American war that's ever been or is being fought.
finnyb
Nov. 13th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
From the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I thank you for posting this.
tammypierce
Nov. 13th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
From the daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, sister, sister-in-law, employee, and friend of vets, thanks!
elianna_eldari
Nov. 24th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Amen. This expresses exactly what I feel, and is it alright if I post it next year (with credit given to you)?
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