RJ's Veterans and Current Military Personnel

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    Nov 11, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    Let us know if you're a veteran or current military personnel so the rest of us can honor you on Veteran's Day.
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    Nov 11, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    25-year Army veteran, honorably retired, 1969-1994.
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    Nov 11, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    I posted this earlier but it bears repeating.

    I was in Applebee's last night and saw a sign that Applebee's was offering a free lunch or dinner to veterans and my friend who is a veteran said Chili's, the Olive Garden and the Golden Corral also have offered veterans free meals in the past. I guess you should check your local restaurants but I applaud these businesses for putting their money where their mouths are and honoring our vets.

    Here's a link with info from the Pentagon on businesses honoring Veterans today and/or tomorrow. It seems to have be geared toward a specific city where it was published but since the list came from the Pentagon I assume most restaurants in most cities are participating:
    http://claremont-laverne.patch.com/articles/10-top-veterans-day-freebies-for-service-members-4d7ff45c#photo-8396356
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    Nov 11, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    I got some e-mails offering these free meals for veterans. I gotta tell yah, I don't do them. I'll take a free meal or drink because it's my birthday before I'll take one for being a veteran.

    I don't know what it is, somehow it kinda cheapens me and what I did. I didn't do it for handouts, not then, and not now. I was compensated enough, I loved what I was doing. I don't need to be treated like a former prisoner of war. Just how I see it.
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI got some e-mails offering these free meals for veterans. I gotta tell yah, I don't do them. I'll take a free meal or drink because it's my birthday before I'll take one for being a veteran.

    I don't know what it is, somehow it kinda cheapens me and what I did. I didn't do it for handouts, not then, and not now. I was compensated enough, I loved what I was doing. I don't need to be treated like a former prisoner of war. Just how I see it.


    I think it's hard to come up with a way to say thank you to men who put so much on the line and sacrificed so much that doesn't seem totally insignificant. I think this is just a little token of appreciation. I saw my dad pick up the tab for two Marines eating near us once without identifying himself. I thought it was nice. I hope they didn't feel like you do about it. Judging by the line coming out of Applebee's when I just passed by a lot of people disagree. But thanks for your service Art.

    And believe me, if restaurants decided to show their appreciation of teachers like that, I'd start with the Krispy Kremes and eat my way through every restaurant on the list.
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    I received a coupon in the mail from a local restaurant offering me a free breakfast tomorrow because I'm a veteran. First time it's happened, I appreciate it, and will take advantage of it. But it's probably somewhat of a publicity ploy for the restaurant, too. I'm taking 3 people with me, who'll be paying for their breakfasts, so the restaurant will be making out pretty well, too.
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    Nov 12, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidI think it's hard to come up with a way to say thank you to men who put so much on the line and sacrificed so much that doesn't seem totally insignificant. I think this is just a little token of appreciation. I saw my dad pick up the tab for two Marines eating near us once without identifying himself. I thought it was nice. I hope they didn't feel like you do about it. Judging by the line coming out of Applebee's when I just passed by a lot of people disagree. But thanks for your service Art.

    First, thank you for your generous thoughts.

    Second, and I mean this not as a criticism, but when you say "thank you to men" please don't forget the women who also serve alongside men, every bit as much heroes. That was a big change that happened during my own period of active duty.

    Last, I always helped, and still help, present and former military. I'd love to tell a story about giving a free ride to a Marine from an airport, and the funny outcome, but not the topic for here. Or the time I helped a soldier with a broken leg, causing me to almost got arrested on attempted break-in of a General's house. And instead of picking up a dinner tab, how many times I gave my own meal to a soldier, because my soldiers always ate before me.

    But there's something of a handout in these free meal offers that I don't like. My partner mentioned it to me tonight, since he's also a veteran, and said we could both go together to some places tomorrow. I had to tell him I won't accept that kind of charity. Sorry, it's not what I do.
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    Nov 12, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    Thanks for all you guys have done. We know how much you've sacrificed and we couldn't appreciate you more!!

    Lots of love from Cleveland.
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    I just, don't know how I feel about Veteran's Day. 1 day out of 365, the nation says thanks in multiple ways, but those other 364...veterans are suffering and it almost feels like it's being overlooked.

    I struggle between seeing VD as a show of gratitude and seeing at as a cheap "thank you" to overlook the many failures and atrociousness our veterans have to go through.
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidI just, don't know how I feel about Veteran's Day. 1 day out of 365, the nation says thanks in multiple ways, but those other 364...veterans are suffering and it almost feels like it's being overlooked.

    I struggle between seeing VD as a show of gratitude and seeing at as a cheap "thank you" to overlook the many failures and atrociousness our veterans have to go through.


    But some is better than none. And should be a call to arms and action. Not to do something, because you think more should be done isn't helpful.

    The only true way a voice can be silenced is by not speaking out.
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    Well, I served in the United States Air Force and trust me, I do what I can when I can. However, there's not much you can always do when some woman with a nasty attitude is sitting on the otherside of a desk, doing your paperwork. Veteran's shouldn't have to deal with that...nor should they be yanked from here to yonder trying to get what is promised to them. An old vet in Dothan, AL shouldn't have to travel two hours away to be told to travel back to be told to travel somewhere else. We live in the tech age...it should be easy to compile a vet's information and have it accessible no matter where s/he is at.


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    ConfederateGhost saidI just, don't know how I feel about Veteran's Day. 1 day out of 365, the nation says thanks in multiple ways, but those other 364...veterans are suffering and it almost feels like it's being overlooked.

    I struggle between seeing VD as a show of gratitude and seeing at as a cheap "thank you" to overlook the many failures and atrociousness our veterans have to go through.


    But some is better than none. And should be a call to arms and action. Not to do something, because you think more should be done isn't helpful.

    The only true way a voice can be silenced is by not speaking out.
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:54 AM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidWell, I served in the United States Air Force and trust me, I do what I can when I can. However, there's not much you can always do when some woman with a nasty attitude is sitting on the otherside of a desk, doing your paperwork. Veteran's shouldn't have to deal with that...nor should they be yanked from here to yonder trying to get what is promised to them. An old vet in Dothan, AL shouldn't have to travel two hours away to be told to travel back to be told to travel somewhere else. We live in the tech age...it should be easy to compile a vet's information and have it accessible no matter where s/he is at.


    Well that's not so much a veteran issue as much as a bureaucrat issue. My brother is in the Marines and judging from his experiences, that kind of thing happens a lot. Unfortunately government-run things tend to fall to pieces. DMV, courts, NASA, etc. all have the worst service and the people set up to organize it are apparently not very good at their jobs.
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    Nov 13, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    Current uniformed military man here. Been serving since 2005 (almost eight years) and still ticking. Getting ready to get out and pursue my career even further.