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I had originally posted this on my Seattle Sounders FC blog, but felt I should share here as well.

It is not about soccer, it is not about politics.  It is quite simply about me and those I know that served, and why I never work on Veteran's Day.

Many who read this blog know me personally.  They know my past, my passions and my current job.  Those that don't might not understand that the reason that I was able to post the Jaqua/Waibel/Houston GM post is because I never work Veteran's Day.

I do this because I served.

BUT I served in peace.  While hard emotionally and physically it does not compare to life of those who are active right now in Iraq, Afghanistan and nearly a dozen other forgotten places.  My time in Kuwait does not compare to 91.  It should not be confused with Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Lebanon, Kosovo, the Philippines, Panama, Korea, Vietnam or either of the World Wars, but still my time defined who I am.  It changed me in ways that I had guessed, but it also changed me in ways that I never would know.

I don't work on Veteran's Day not for myself, but so I can lift a glass to Mike Adams who I only knew as a Scout as a teen.  Mike died while riding in a tank on a highway headed home.  I don't work today for him.

I don't work on Veteran's Day for Dan Cooke, who is the last who I know who serves from my class of 80+ at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey.  Dan and I were both from Washington and had a connection.  None of us are surprised that he made this a career.  I don't work today for Dan who still serves.

I don't work on Veteran's Day for Gian, for Jeff, for Matt, and many others with whom I went through training.  For these people who saw me at my very worst, I don't work on Veteran's Day.

I don't work on Veteran's Day for Pifer, for Bennett, and for the rest of those who saw me at my worst in uniform, who wanted me to reenlist and yet who I have never reconnected with since 20 Sept 01.  For my fellow 5th Group members, I don't work.

For the men and women who liberated Kuwait while I watched on TV while in high school.  For those that inspired Eric, Justin and Abel to serve honorably one year earlier than I, I don't work on Veteran's Day.

I don't work today, because today is a day that I spend remembering exactly who has served and what they did to help my nation.  I ponder that my father was in the WA National Guard, my stepfather was in the Navy between Korea and Vietnam.  My grandfather Tansey served in the Pacific theater and his happiest moment that I ever witnessed was when I visited him in my Class A uniform while he lay on a bed in his hospital.

I don't work today, because there are 23 Million or so living Veterans in this fair nation and we get one day where we are fully recognized.

On November 11th of every year I ask that everyone take just a few moments to greet those that served.  Don't say "Happy Veteran's Day"  just say thank you.  Understand that not all of us suffered, but all of us were ready to suffer.

And lastly to all of my fellow vets - Thank you and never work on Veteran's Day.  It is a day for us.  Take it.

This was originally published on my Seattle Sounders FC blog, but I thought to share it with this community as well.

I just saw this on MSNBC

Community of Veteran's

A joint effort of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Ad Council, this site is designed as a resource to our nation’s newest Veterans. Comprising less than 1 percent of the population, Veterans face a myriad of challenges while feeling isolated and cut off from those to whom they can best relate – other Veterans. While addressing a range of topics, this site is ultimately a point of connection where Veterans are helping Veterans.

1% doesn't give us an excuse, it gives us a reason

Originally posted to bedir than average on Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 03:58 PM PST.


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  •  Got an earful from a Vet Friend (1+ / 0-)
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    bedir than average

    at tennis today.

    Mentioned that I was reading Kissinger's book "Diplomacy" and describing how it explained the change to realpolitik otherwise known as Raison D'etat becoming the norm in the 1600s.

    Joe cut me short describing his hatred of Kissinger. He said:

    He was wasting time at the Paris Conference deciding on the shape of the table while we were in Viet Nam getting shot at.  Let's see how fast he would move if he were here and not in Paris.

    I said he had legitimate reasons to hate the guy and I let the subject drop.  But the book is fascinating, and if anyone has the time, I recommend it after reading all of 60 pages.

  •  There will be no tip jar (3+ / 0-)
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    wordene, DaNang65, polar bear

    If you feel like tipping spend some time with your friends and family who once wore the uniform.

  •  well, thank YOU!!! - from a fellow Veteran {USAF} (5+ / 0-)
  •  Much appreciated! (3+ / 0-)

    I always worked on Veteran's Day.  The ebb and flow of Air Force flying means that holidays are "catch up" days for flight line mechanics.  When the rest of the base had a day off, we were getting caught up on maintenance.

    Of course, we were also getting caught up on maintenance in the middle of the night, on weekends, and whenever the weather was at its worst.  If I didn't love it, I would have gotten out after my first hitch.

    Thanks for tending to the symbology of Veteran's Day.  It's important to know you are out there, remembering.

    I worked today, too.  I felt connected to all those flight line mechanics out there, getting caught up on maintenance.  God Bless 'em.

  •  Like you I refused to work on Veteran's Day. (2+ / 0-)
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    jpfdeuce, bedir than average

    I've worked on Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, the Fourth of July, and any of the other 364, but not Veteran's Day.
    My reasons are almost identical to yours, if a little bloodier. Some things, some people we must not ever forget.
    Thank you, for your service, for your remembrance, and for a diary that brought it all back home.

    We must learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. Alice Walker

    by DaNang65 on Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 06:04:43 PM PST

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