Video – Thank Your Military!!!

December 23, 2009

MILITARY

Holidays are one of the hardest times for our guys and gals on deployment, as well as their families. I learned on my USS Nimitz cruise that Christmas is the time when the suicide incidents are the highest in the military

If you want to thank our military personnel and let them know we appreciate them, pass this video on to every person you know so it will eventually reach every present and former military person across the globe. And don’t forget to say “Thank You” to the vets and enlisted personnel when you run into them on the street. We want the military to know we appreciate their service and sacrifice!

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17 Responses to “Video – Thank Your Military!!!”

  1. Scott Miller Says:

    Good stuff.

  2. Anders Lofvin Says:

    “We thank you military for our freedom”; what is that supposed to mean??? Just because some politician decided that American national borders now extend to Afghanistan and Iraq, doesn’t make it righteous and can’t possibly be considered “protecting our freedom”!

    Whenever we sign up to do a job, we expect to do our best and nothing less. So what makes military personnel so special? Is it the fact that they get paid to take the full brunt of our warped and paranoid foreign policy, which obviously will put them in harms way (history is FULL of practical examples).

    I thought the video clip was pathetic!

    Focus on the soldiers who are in one of many rehab centers instead, they are the ones who truly need the support; in order to get back up again and struggle the long way back after losing limbs etc!

  3. Angella Says:

    What it means is that the military personnel don’t get to make a decision of where they go, and which wars they fight. All they know is that once they enlist, they follow orders, and they will lay their lives on the line, if necessary. Men and women who enlist in the military do it with the intent of fighting for THIS country, and to protect this country, which includes you and your family. They WILL die for you and your family specifically, if it came down to it, and if someone invaded our country. THAT was their intent of enlisting in the military, and where they are sent to fight is out of their control.

    Can you say the same for yourself? Would you be willing to sacrifice your life for this country, or for other Americans? Obviously not, or you’d be enlisted in the military, also. So if you’re not willing to do it yourself, the very least you can do is support those who are willing to sacrifice their lives for you!

    And yes, I agree we need to focus and help those soldiers who are in rehab and whose lives are changed forever, both mentally and physically. There’s an organization (amongst many others) called Fisher House Foundation, which focuses on meeting the long-term support needs of seriously injured veterans and their families. You can go to http://www.fisherhouseorg.com for more information, if you’d like donate money, time, or frequent flyer miles to this organization.

    Thank you for your input,
    Angella Raisian @ http://AngellaRaisian.com

    P.S. Do you honestly think that giving up their families while they are away, and sometimes even their lives, is NOT doing their best?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you do better?

  4. christosel Says:

    This is such bs.If the people of this country were really supporting the military, will had done two things.First will had force both administrations to select better generals.This is insanity for nine years our soldiers are getting killed,and they cannot manage to keep a place like Iraq under control.It is costing us a fortune supplying them with state of the art equipment, while are fighting and getting killed with bare footed rebels.All that because the generals are not worth a dam(in my book).All they ask is MORE SOLDIERS (they should go back and study Rommel the idiots)
    Second we the people (that presumably care) will had FORCE the government to fix the VA.It is inconceivable the way that our soldiers are treated when in disparate need of care.All the rest like support the military, support the families, support this support that are just gestures to make us feel good but won\’t fix the problem.What I\’m saying here they are a bunch of hooey

  5. Ron Thomas Says:

    Angella:
    First let me say that I am a 25 year veteran of the US Military both enlisted and officer who has served in Viet Nam, Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm and several lesser known spats around the globe. I am also a third generation military man too boot.
    Todays military for the most part is the best educated, best paid, best trained force we have ever had. That said they are also the most babied, often least aware and certainly the biggest whiners we have ever had. It is an all volunteer force, yes there are many who join for patriotism, but most join the enlisted ranks for a job and the great benefits the military provides. Recruiters hit the lower performers right out of high school, paint a wonderful picture and suck them in. Most never imagined that they would be doing one much less multiple tours in a war zone albeit an rather subdued war compared to Viet Nam , Korea, WWII or WWI. I work with them today on a daily basis and while most are dedicated they are in shock at the reality of their jobs. Most thought they could do 20 and retire without laying it on the line thus the high turnover rates we are seeing now. The actives bailing in droves leading to the need to call up the Guard and Reserves. On top of that the Reserve and Guard who to date have suffered the bulk of the casualties (not from poor training but from being used in convoy duties and other highly hazard duties that the regulars shun), get squat when they are released, no medals, no medical care, nothing but contempt from the actives who need them now due to the cuts they enacted to pay for their great life styles. Burger Kings and Macaroni Grills on overseas bases, free day care for the kids even though most military wives don’t work, great housing in newly built areas that are many times better than surround communities can offer, they are spoiled and are acting like it. Yes there are dedicated folks in the military today, yes they are putting their lives on the line but that is their JOB just like a cop or fireman who get paid equally as well, I don’t feel any need for hero worship for folks doing their basic job. Most of the senior NCO’s and Officers have spent 10, 15 20 years collecting a check and only now are having to put up or shut up not bad odds.
    Guess I am old and out of touch but I thought the military was a calling not the nine to five job it turned into between 1980 and today when the “new” generation took over. They are not heros they are doing their jobs which means the the leave the family behind like my Grandfather, father and I need multiple times, that the rick their lives, that they have to put up with dealing with strange people in strange lands, its what they signed up to do, and doing it in and of itself does not a hero make. Save the hero talk for those that go BEYOND the line of duty.

  6. Bob Wilkinson Says:

    Instead of spending the $850 Billion on the 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 8 years I think we should have put that money to good use in bailing out our economy, giving the money to those who don’t work, work little but don’t want to, give more to labor unions for supporting Obama, give more to Acorn, expand government programs, reward wallstreet and banks for their poor decisions, give more money to entitlement programs, spend millions on civil prosecutions of these so-called Terrorist who are really criminals who have perpetrated 14,000 attacks since 9/11, provide single payor health care, nationalize the food industry because people must eat. To solve all our problems we must have those of us who make the wealth and work 80 hours a week support those on welfare and who work in the public sector. But the last thing we need to do is be grateful to the military. What have they ever done for us in the past?

  7. vince Puleo Says:

    Hi Bob Wilkenson,

    “But the last thing we need to do is be grateful to the military. What have they ever done for us in the past?”

    Have you heard of HITLER? Have you heard of the BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR?

  8. christosel Says:

    To Vince Puleo
    Vince the army then was made from the PEOPLE (draft).This army here is professionals. It’s been sold to us as a “volunteer” army, but in reality it is a mercenary army. Do you think the war in Iraq would had gone on for 9 years if there was a draft? NO WAY. I think we have been sold a bag of gods, and we are paying through the nose for things that are rapt in a flag and are stamped with the word patriotism. What I’m saying here we have been taken for a ride.

  9. Brian Says:

    One for the Naysayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As a veteran, I would just like to say, first you obviously never served OUR Country, and perhaps if you did you would be just be a little more empathetic towards OUR Service members.

    Secondly, if OUR country is so terrible, I’m sure we could buy you a one-way ticket to somewhere more agreeable with your disposition. I hear Venezuela is a great place to live.

    Wal Mart is having a sale on luggage

  10. Angella Says:

    I’m with Brian – if you don’t like our country, go move to Mexico and try joining their Army, or any other 2nd/3rd world country. Or how about the Soviet Navy where my dad served? You should hear some of the horror stories about what was going on there. So regardless of whether we’re a volunteer army or a draft – just be glad we’re supported by an American Army.

    Ron – agreed about the Reserves and the Guard. They don’t necessarily get the same benefits, but they do the same job. As far as having the “comforts of home” on the overseas bases – I’m all for it, if we are able to provide them. I’ve worked on military programs for almost 20 years, and some of our guys who are camping out in the Green Zone say these “comforts of home” are what keeps them sane. So just because the previous generations of military had to tough it out, there’s no reason not to make it easier on the current generation, if we can. I do agree with you that the standards for joining the military have been lowered beyond an acceptable lever, and there are kids that are being “sucked” into it because they don’t know what else to do with their lives, but you can’t lump everyone into that bunch. I know tons of military and ex-military who joined because they want to, and not because of the benefits. Besides, we need the infantry, and we need the guys behind the scenes who cook and clean. If that’s where the “misfits” are placed, so be it. But don’t forget the ones who joined the military after 9/11, and those who want to go back to combat to support their comrades. Or the ones who purposely gave up their lives to save others. The bottom line is, most of these guys are proud of what they do and ARE patriots, so I would not generalize the entire current generation as as whiners.

  11. christosel Says:

    “I’m with Brian – if you don’t like our country, go move to Mexico and try joining their Army, or any other 2nd/3rd world country.”

    The attitude behind this statement is the PROBLEM.
    The way this country is treating its veterans is HORRIBLE.It is using them and then toss them like used napkins.I think Angelia and Brian are hypocrites as they talk tough and do NOTHING to acknowledge the problem and fix it. This is not the county I fought for and I won’t accept this kind of hypocrisy.No good veteran will accept the way his fellow veterans are treated.I will care less what other countries are doing.I only care what this one does.Therefore both of you you know what to do with your suggestions.

  12. Angella Says:

    OK, so we’re off on a different subject now. By the way, Brian is a veteran, too. The video that started all this is about the military personnel in general, and that the Americans need to acknowledge and thank them for their service. Unlike during the Vietnam era, our troops need to know that the people of the US are behind them, and want them back home safe and alive.

    You, on the other hand, are talking about he government red tape and what it takes to get even a smallest change, or improvement, approved behind the scenes. Been there, seen that. It takes years, if ever, to get one small update incorporated into a manual or a document. To change the process of how the injured vets are treated will probably take forever, which is the reason so many private organizations are stepping in to fill that gap. Showing our support definitely means contributing to organizations such as http://FisherHouse.org, so I’m going to “plug” it a few more time in these comments.

    I absolutely agree with you that the way the injured vets are treated is 100% unacceptable, as well as totally appalling. As a matter of fact, my friends and I are working on raising funds for some transitional housing for disabled vets, because the government is not doing an adequate job of it. Another (of many) organization that already does it is Fisher House Foundation @ http://www.FisherHouse.org

    A stay at a VA hospital is NOT the place anyone who risked their life for this country should have to ever experience. VA hospitals and facilities, as well as the post-traumatic treatment of the vets, is where the $700B+ in bailout money should have gone to begin with. As a matter of fact, I’d like nothing more than if the Section 8 money, or welfare checks that go to healthy adults, were reallocated to VA facilities.

    So yes, the medical treatment of our vets is totally appalling and inadequate, but that alone does not define our country. Although it is a major part of it, and the people need to stand up and fight for a better medical care for our vets. However, with all of that said, I still believe that this is the best country in the world, and that all of the whiners, protesters, and demonstrators can leave the US if they don’t like it.

    We’re veering off the subject again, but I don’t even know where people find the time to fight for taking the word “God” off of our currency, or for not saying “God” in the “Pledge of Allegiance”. If they have all of that time on their hands, they should be demonstrating for a better medical treatment of our vets. Or better yet, they should be shipped off to the old Iraq or USSR, or even current Mexico, to see how they’d like demonstrating in those countries! Or may be the Congress could take a cut in their retirement pay, which would provide more than enough money to fund a number of state-of-the-art medical facilities for the military.

    OK, back to the subject at hand – I think everyone will agree, without a doubt, that our vets deserve much better medical & mental care than what they get now. It does seem that they’re being tossed aside once they’re no longer useful in combat. That is the one PROBLEM we need to deal with, and this is where we need most of the support form the US population. OR at the very least, we need to support organizations like http://www.FisherHouse.org

    P.S. This is a forum for stating everyone’s opinions, so let’s just agree to disagree without getting personal.

  13. Anders Lofvin Says:

    Angella,

    You are wrong to label me a coward by assuming I would not put down my life for something I believe in, and your quick generalization says a lot about your person. I signed up and served in the Former Yugoslavia conflict, as a Sergeant and Sniper, in an effort to be part of stopping the mass slaughter of civilians.

    Either I was not clear enough or you did not read my post properly.

    Joining the military is the same as joining ANY other work organization, and as with any career decision, you take it based on the job description and the company’s values fit with your career aspirations.

    So again, why should military staff be considered “heroes” when the remaining working population is also fulfilling their job description just as diligently, working like dogs and paying their taxes. Taxes that pay for our military, amongst other things.

    Putting your life on the line is part of the job description when you sign up with the military, so if fulfilling your job description makes you a hero then we should all be considered heroes for doing our jobs.

    Make no mistake about the fact that I do appreciate and respect our military forces, but I also feel the same way for buss drivers, nurses, supermarket employees etc.

    I strongly agree with Ron Thomas’s “Save the hero talk for those that go BEYOND the line of duty”, thanks.

  14. Angella Says:

    Anders,

    I never called anyone a coward in any of my posts, but not everyone would be willing to enlist in the military because of the potential outcome of this “job”, as opposed to just flipping burgers or driving a bus. Like I said – everyone is entitled to make their own decisions about enlisting in the military, or what they do with their life, but I would expect EVERYBODY to support our military personnel that is enlisted and fighting, because they don’t get to pick which wars they fight in. I definitely do not want to see a repeat of the “welcome” we gave our guys when they came back from Vietnam.

    So regardless of how one feels about our government & the wars we fight, I insist on full support of our troops, which I think we all agree on.

    Angella Raisian

    P.S. What’s ironic is that I grew up in Latvia and my dad was in the Soviet Navy, while you’re from Yugoslavia. And here we are, arguing about the American military and what “supporting” them really means :-)

  15. Anders Lofvin Says:

    I am not from Yugoslavia, the US army were involved and instrumental in leading (by military force) the warring parties in the Bosnia conflict to the peace table.

    I think we should be happy that not everyone are willing to enlist, because if they did there would be no tax revenues to pay for the military.

    I strongly support all military personnel globally, but I will never call them heroes for doing their job. Heroes are the ones that go BEYOND the call of duty, in any industry.

    Its unfortunate that trying to fulfill your job description within the military can get you killed in a far away place, you might never have heard of before, but its part of the career decision that all military personnel and that everyone are fully aware of.

    \"everyone is entitled to make their own decisions about enlisting in the military\" – Exactly right! Military personnel have signed up knowing that they might end up paying the ultimate price for their employer, be it at home or abroad, and they should all feel comfortable with that idea otherwise they are in the wrong line of business.

    \"because they don’t get to pick which wars they fight in\" – Again, this is part of the job description that they SIGNED up for, voluntarily.

    Why would the military get to chose the wars they fight in, that has never happened, that\’s the role of the politicians, their clever advisors and lobbyists.

  16. Jon Nicholson Says:

    GREAT JOB!! I like your blog. I’m going to subscribe and thanks again!

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