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    Important day to thank a veteran.



    Here is a link to my post on YBR. I figured nobody would mind a link to such an important subject.

    http://mb14.scout.com/fravensinsider...ID=47883.topic
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    Thumbs up Re: Important day to thank a veteran.

    Special thanks to board members Crowdog, TopperK, Sykesville Ravens Fan, Trap, and Ravenous52 (two tours in Iraq already), and other American vets. God Bless you for your service to this great country.

    In a 2003 BBC poll that asked Brits to name the "Greatest American Ever", Mr. T came in fourth, behind ML King (3rd), Abe Lincoln (2nd) and Homer Simpson (1st).




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    Re: Important day to thank a veteran.

    Gunships


    Guilt for not getting there to save some
    For having to leave station too soon and loosing more
    For not killing more of them to save more of us
    For living while they all died
    For leaving comrads without cover, while I went home
    For forgetting the names of my friends who died
    For turning away from those who meant so much to me in Nam after our return
    Bcause they knew me too well.

    Only now am I able to begin to mourn for those I couldn't cover.
    For my enemy, whom I killed and whom I can now think of as other men.
    For my friends lost to my isolation.

    We were boys revelling in the terrible power of our gunships
    Alive and living by our wits and skills
    Knit close in our dependency to each other yet alone in his fears
    And unable to show them to anyone.
    Not even his wingman.
    Not able to ask for help and support from anyone.
    Not even his wingman.
    Alone.

    After returning home, forced by a country that didn't care
    To put all these things away, to collect interest.
    So that now, when debts must finally be paid
    The price is so very dear.
    Costing friends, a wife and years without living fully
    And doing it without the cover of a wingman.
    Alone.

    Only now, almost 40 years later, I'm learning that I have feelings.
    The first to come are hurt for all the losses, past and present,
    And fear that people will turn away in horror and disgust
    If they see the real me without all my defenses in place,
    A killer without absolution.

    I don't wish to forget
    I only want to be rid of the guilt
    and be comfortable with the memories, good and bad.
    By starting to mourn
    I start down a path that will allow me to forgive myself
    And make it unimportant that this country failed to bring it's soldiers home.
    I will bring myself home.
    Not alone, but with the help of others who were there
    We'll bring each other home.





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    Re: Important day to thank a veteran.

    My Most Sincere Thanks to all who ever served, in war or in peace.




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