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  •  I avoided the draft (0+ / 0-)

    by enlisting in the Army for 4 years.  I did my time.  The "thank you for your service" always makes me feel uncomfortable.  You see, my duty involved choosing which soldiers would be put on the list to receive orders for combat in Viet Nam (such a list is called a "levy").  To put it bluntly, my job was to serve my country by sending men to their death.  So when someone smiles and tells me, "thank you for your service," I not only feel uncomfortable, but downright unworthy.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:13:43 PM PST

    •  heh. yeah, I avoided the 2 yr draft (1+ / 0-)
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      by enlisting in the AF as a fighter pilot. Eventually wound up as a weapons officer handling Nukes (Cold Warrior) , and I didn't see any combat, and life was pretty good, considering. But I didn't "Serve" like the guys who went there (like my best friend) so I always say "Vietnam-Era" rather than "Vietnam Vet".

      But  for some reason my son enlisted a few years ago to a special program to take civilians and make them Special Forces Green Berets. Three years later, he's a SF combat medic who speaks Chinese, and just got back from 1St tour in Afganistan - and he'd go do another 10 months if they'd let him....He's 28 with an honors degree in international relations.

      The other day my daughter emailed a congratulation to both of us for being "vets" and she thought that was kind of strange - a grizzled old graybeard like me is the image, but not so much a strong, professional and capable 28 yr old like her brother. But we come in all sizes and shapes....

      People like my son are the 1% in this country - the 1% who do the fighting so that the other 1% can make money.

      Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

      by blindcynic on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:02:16 PM PST

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