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Old 03-16-2009, 08:19 AM   #1
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Default Veteran's (VA Hospital lessons)

So Friday I went to the VA Hospital down the road from me for some eligibilty stuff and I sat there and watched as the parade of veteran's from WW II to Korea to Vietnam to the first Gulf War (possibly the second too) marched past me.

I felt like I was in the presence of royalty every time one of them would gingerly walk past me or was pushed by in a wheelchair. I even had the pleasure of talking to a gentleman who served in WW II. We didn't talk about his service but about today's economy (all high level stuff nothing too serious), kids, etc.

And here's what I learned in my 2 hours at this place. One, today we take life too, way too, serious. I didn't see one person in there who wasn't smiling or at least laughing and joking with the person they were there with or standing next to in line. Two, we are the most impatient group of people today. As with the military, everything is a hurry up and wait. But really when you don't take things too serious, it's easy to be patient for others. I waited 10 minutes to be seen and then waited almost an hour to get my photo taken for my ID. Not once was I worried about time because I had others there laughing with me. Three, our priorities are in the wrong freakin' place. Day after day after week after week after month after month, we focus on the problems of the outside world - aka foreign policies - and it's not that it's not important to be friendly to foreign lands, it's just that it's more important that we focus inwardly and take care of our own. While I feel that homeless people and various other groups deserve help, I don't think there is one group out there that deserves more than those men and women who have served in the US ARMED SERVICES. Four, it will be very important for me to teach my children about respect for the men and women who have worn a uniform and respect for those who wear it today!!! Five, while I served voluntarily the sacrifice I made was miniscule compared to what those men and women gave up, all in the name of FREEDOM!

While my trip was only a few hours, what I learned today (beyond what I posted) was something that a classroom can never teach. The scars of war, both seen and unseen can never be taught in a classroom.

So let end by saying this:

I am thankful for every man and woman who voluntarily (and some not voluntarily) sacrificed life or limb for me to be where I am today!!!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
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Amen, thanks to the VA, a week from today I will have a new hip. I have talked to many people in my trips to my VA hospital. It is enjoyable. If you take the time to listen you will probably learn something. I know I have.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:14 PM   #4
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Amen, thanks to the VA, a week from today I will have a new hip. I have talked to many people in my trips to my VA hospital. It is enjoyable. If you take the time to listen you will probably learn something. I know I have.
Even if you don't take the time to listen and just stare in to space, chances are you will learn something. If you actually take the time to listen, you might even have a chance to refute your history teacher!!!

Now that I think of it, I might take my daughter to the VA Hospital for visits when she gets older. Let her listen to the stories and let her beautiful smile bring some joy to the veterans.

Yeah, that's what I'm going to do . Thanks Dragonrider!
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:46 PM   #5
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Funny how little things like that bring you down to earth. I know what you mean.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:58 AM   #6
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I visit the VA med center about every 3 weeks for my disabilities and although at first I used to dread them, I now enjoy them. When Vets get together we really do swap war stories. I almost always show up for my appointment an hour early. WWII Vets are the best. They give you chills when you listen to them and the pride in thier voices as they tell you stories that defy the hollywood dribble you watch at the theater.

On the other side of the coin is seeing the sacrifice first hand. Soldiers who gave parts of thier body in order to secure the worlds freedom from tyrants and terrorists.

It's a GD shame that we (Vets) have to jump through so many hoops and cut through so much red tape to get the help we need.

My family has a lineage of Marines who have fought for our country through three generations and three seperate wars. I served to honor them and every other soldier who ever served our country.


You want to thank a Vet? When you see a hat or shirt or a bumper sticker walk up and shake his hand when you see one. Don't be shy, believe it or not a handshake and a personal thank you goes a long way.
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Would somone please convey these sentiments to Saint Obama? Our Commander In Chief plans on billing our soldiers insurance companies for their medical treatments. What a guy. He's is turning out to be exactly who I thought he was.........

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/2009031..._for_treatment

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WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.


"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."


The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"
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I am thankful for every man and woman who voluntarily (and some not voluntarily) sacrificed life or limb for me to be where I am today!!!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!
Amen brother!

Great post Stlrtuck.

Let's count our and blessings and be thankful to those who have made the sacrifices to preserve our way of life.
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You want to thank a Vet? When you see a hat or shirt or a bumper sticker walk up and shake his hand when you see one. Don't be shy, believe it or not a handshake and a personal thank you goes a long way.
This is definitely going to be my course of actions moving forward!
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I think it benefits everyone to give thanks to our service men and women. The simple acknowledgement of their sacrifice can go a long way.
To this day, I am still trying to get the entire story of my grandfathers service during WWII, but he still has a lot of repressed feelings and usually doesn't want to reflect or elaborate to a certain degree. I know he has seen many things he wishes he could forget.
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