As Requested by all of you, I have aptly named this series, “The View From Where I Sit. This will be the first installment. As Robert has said, it will be the view of a Democrat, involved in fighting for Veterans rights, helping Veterans & a Veteran my self. I hope all of you will be able to enjoy & gain something from what I write. Anyone that wants to post it elsewhere can especially SD & DQ! Maybe one day I will use it all and write a book. Actually I did intend this to be a Letter to the editor of a Local Paper Dan
The Forgotten Warriors
The View from where I now sit has brought me to realizing that we living in America, Have always seen proper to honor our fighting men & women. We have built monuments to the Brave & Honorable soldiers of WW I & WW II. We have also always honored our fallen heros in that way. Each and every day we watch the tv, and we are still reminded of the horror of war in a far away land called Iraq. We pay honor to those who have served there and still do serve there and to the more than 2,500 KIA & more than 17,000 wounded there.
But, as a fellow veteran & friend pointed out to me today, We seem to have fallen into a slumber when it comes to remembering & honoring our other warriors. The Forgotten Warriors. I am talking of those who proudly answered the call and served in Korea, and in what is now surpassing Korea as the Forgotten War, Afghanistan.
Those who answered the call in Grenada, Beruit, Panama, Solmila, Bosnia, Serbia and yes, even Vietnam & Desert Shield/Storm. That those proud & honorable soldiers seem to just continue to slip between the cracks forgotten in time. Yet, there is another Proud & Honorable Veteran who is all but forgotten in time. He usually volunteered for his duty and served his nation proudly and is no less a warrior than those in combat. We owe a debt of gratitude to these men & women also.
I am referring to the many Veterans of the Cold War Era and Peacetime. And to the Spec Ops units who carry on but you will never read about them in the paper or see them on tv. These men & women deserve our honor & respect also. In our daily lives we have forgotten those men & women who manned the missile silos, the crews of the B-52's , Attack Subs & Ships who trained for the impossible & unthinkable actions we all hoped would never happen.
Then, There are those who stood guard in sub-freezing weather maintaining a constant alert to guarantee our freedom at places such as Check Point Charlie and other Sectors of Berlin and the Korean DMZ. They did all of this while all the time ready for an attack in anger that never came. And let us not forget those who served in various positions of admin & support keeping bases, Troops & operations running smoothly!
From where I sit, all are the same! Proud, Brave, Honorable Veterans of the Greatest Nation on Earth! Each answered their own special call to defend this nation of their own free will. Each has taken the same oath to defend this nation. They all did their best! So the next time you happen across a veteran regardless of when he served,Thank him for his Service. They have earned that right regardless of when or where they served. Without all of them we would not have the Freedoms we each enjoy!