They didn't get a chance...

Clearwater AL

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I don’t post/reply much anymore, I’ve just recently checked in…

But I have to get this off my chest.

In 1967 my parents could not afford to send me college so
I joined the Army to get an education, maybe a trade.
My friends were getting drafted. (None got 5 deferments.)

I knew my chances of going to Vietnam were great but
I thought asking for electronics it would be better than the
Infantry. Well, all those slots were full but with my high math
scores they put me in artillery training. But, said I could apply
for electronics later. Got orders for 1st Field Forces Vietnam.
Old saying, “There’s the right way then there’s the Army way.’

We worked closely with the ARVNs (South Vietnamese
soldiers) and the Montagnards… we left behind to fend for
themselves. But… back then we were given a mission.

I came back and got the education in the Army I needed to go
on in life. I became Projects Manager for a pharmaceutical
packaging machine company that built/installed machines all
over the country for pharmaceutical product companies.

Then I became Project Manager for a petroleum equipment
company. From that I obtained difficult FCC licenses for
Global Marine Distress and Safety System Operators
License (GMDSS) and GMDSS Maintainers License.
Global GPS. I hold three other FCC licenses.

Ok, if you’ve bothered to read all this here’s why…

I am a Decorated Vietnam Combat Veteran, my proudest
award of all is a little blue bar called the “Presidential Unit
Citation”. The guys from my unit.

My distain for the current Commander in Chief and current
occupant of the White House now runs extremely deep.
And… my frustration with any Veteran who holds Trump
in any regard one click above being the low level of disgrace.
(Five deferments for a heel spur yet never stopped playing golf)

Was I a “Sucker” or a “Loser?”

And… Trump to Gen. Kelly at Kelly’s son’s grave…
“I don’t get it,” said Trump. “What was in it for them?

“Duty, Honor; Country”

I was fortunate… they never got a chance to be.
 

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If reported in context, they were very hurtful comments. But some people’s good opinion is an insult. If Trump thought well of you, you’d have to worry about what you were doing wrong! Goodness know what his allies and those he praises imagine history’s opinion of them will be.
 

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Al,

The men you served with and the people you know honor your dedication and service. WTF cares what 45 does or thinks. He insulted John McCain, other veterans, the disabled, overweight people, other politicians, and strong women.

It showed his character when he talked about RBG's passing and made it into a campaign to quickly appoint a new SCOTUS.

I have many family members who served. My father served in WWII, my brother in Korea. They were definitely not losers and suckers. They and YOU helped protect the rest of us and our Country.

There is a huge group on Facebook "Veterans Against Trump." Greg was on it.
 

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Thank you for your service, Al! I have a story similar to yours.

As I teenager, I was heavy into Scouting. For those familiar with the Boy Scouts, I was Order of the Arrow, earned my God & Country Award and am an Eagle Scout. Scouting established a set of values and principles that I've carried with me my entire life. At age 18, with a draft number of 340, I knew I would not be drafted. But I'd grown up believing that one should offer service time to the benefit of their country if at all possible. And so I volunteered and signed up for a 6 year enlistment. I was trained in electronics, nuclear physics & theory and became a Nuclear Reactor Operator/Technician for the US Navy. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran.

I'm extremely proud of my accomplishments in Scouting and for my time in the service of our country. And it is especially painful when I see an environment that disparages military service, normalizes lies and deceit and makes fun of the disabled. So much of this current administration (and those who enable them) makes me sick to my stomach. It is the antithesis of everything I was groomed to believe in as a child and lived as an adult. It is a demonstration of narcissistic action destroying any and everything in its way to achieve a "me, me, me" agenda. Truly sickening.

We're well beyond party politics, in my opinion. We're now fighting for the very essence of a belief system and type of governance that had its beginnings nearly 250 years ago. We are in a fight for the very essence of our Country and that which makes us Americans!
 

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Jim,
Thank you for your service. Your history explains why you made such a great caregiver. May God bless you.
 

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What Duty Honor Country means to this current
Commander in Chief (and his entire non military
serving family).

Duty – Only get elected again

Honor – Himself

Country – All his multi-millionaire and multi-
billionaire crony big $$$ donation supporters.

Added note...

A new study has found that in 2018, there were 11.8 million
households in the United States with a net worth of more
than $1 million, making up 3 percent of the US population.

There are 92,000 who are Multi Multi millionaires.

His country.
 
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Even though HE didn't serve (wouldn't) by 5 deferments... who's the sucker and loser now?

Sucker... for believing his own lies (BS) concerning the virus.

Loser... for all the people in the West Wing, Senate and Oval Office who are now testing
positive and the number is growing. Staffers, Secret Service, Press Corp, now pilots and
crew members. Now... even Kellyanne Conway.

How many of the 7+ million cases and 208 thousand deaths...?
Knowing how severe, contagious and air borne this virus would be back in February!
Audio tape confirmed.
 
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Trump… the one man super spreader. On tape recorded below…

March 2020.

“It moves rapidly, Bob. It moves rapidly and viciously. If you’re the
wrong person and if it gets you, your life is pretty much over if
you’re in the wrong group. You know what I mean. It’s a tough deal.”

"You're risking getting it, of course," said Woodward. "The way you
move around and have those briefings and rallies with people. Are you
worried about that?"

"No, I'm not. I don't know why I'm not. I'm not," the President
responded. "Why?" Woodward asked.

"I don't know," Trump said. "I'm just not."

This is for those who only watch Fox News… there are other truthful
news channels that are not “Fake News”… unlike Trumps’ personal
propaganda channel.

Your (our) Commander in Chief
 
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