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(Newser)   Runner Michael Bowen completed a special mile yesterday-he has now run one for each of the more than 58,000 US vets who didn't come home from the Vietnam War   ( divider line
    More: Hero, Vietnam War, Vietnam, last mile, Vietnam Era, POW/MIA  
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2013-09-21 05:00:30 PM  
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freak7: Farkers never miss a chance to shiat on the military. Most likely has something to do with their own failures in life.

I don't think this is "shiating on the military". I'm a vet. Many of my friends are vets. Some idiot running a ton of miles doesn't get the VA to move faster processing their TBI claims. This guy's already a runner. He would have run anyway - but he has to wrap his activities in some noble flag, because otherwise when he tells people he's run 58,000 miles, they'll ask "why". Of course, there's always some cretin who'll buy these cheesy gestures and slap on a hero tag.
2013-09-21 04:51:21 PM  
2 votes:

uber humper: That, is a long farking way. At my measly ~20 miles per week that would take around 54 years.

So just run a mile for every 1,000 vets. It will be about as useful. You know, as opposed to actually lobbying for better VA facilities, or asking some real vets what they need.

Right now I'm tallying up shots of Captain Morgan for each breast cancer survivor, visiting strip clubs to honor 9/11 EMT's, and eating bacon cheeseburgers to bring awareness to homelessness. I wish I could do more for our vets, but my bumper already has as many ribbon stickers as it can fit.
2013-09-21 04:09:50 PM  
2 votes:

Cyclometh: Well, that seems helpful.

Precisely. I've farted once for every starving child. I'm a hero.
2013-09-21 03:57:43 PM  
2 votes:
Well, that seems helpful.
2013-09-21 11:08:22 PM  
1 vote:

freak7: ZeroPly: Some idiot running a ton of miles doesn't get the VA to move faster processing their TBI claims.

Yes, doing something to honor fallen soldiers makes one an "idiot". I highly doubt you're a veteran with that disgraceful attitude.

Afghanistan 2011-2012, in Kandahar province. This isn't "honoring" fallen soldiers. It's some jackass taking his hobby and trying to make it important.
2013-09-21 07:16:10 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, this again.

As a child of a Korean War veteran, I have to say that the Nam vets seem to have a real sense of entitlement and never seen to stop asking for people to recognize them. You don't hear the Korean War vets going on and on about their service, or receiving mushy tributes like this one. Korean War vets just keep on keeping on, happy enough with Veteran's Day and Memorial Day as a sign of respect for their contribution.

Nobody's saying Nam wasn't bad, but that ALL wars are bad and Nam vets seem to be milking their service in their civilian life like no other war veterans do.

Tributes like the one in TFA seem half-hearted, hamfisted, contrived, and condescending. It's the equivalent of pointing to the sky ("God") when you get a touchdown. It's an empty gesture that gives nothing to the people who sacrificed, and does nothing to prevent future sacrifice. It's mostly to show other people how "aware" you are, whatever the hell good that does.

Want to impress folks? Find ways to PREVENT our kids from having to die to serve the whims of their political leaders. Nobody should have to die for a leader's principals, or a country's national debt, or their god's hate-on for infidels. Nobody should have to be brought up to kill people just because they're on the other side of a political disagreement.

OOH! and look! His next high-profile stunt is to pay tribute to 9/11 victims.

Surprise me, some time. Why not do this sort of thing for the victims of the Titanic disaster, or the poor folks who burned to death in the Hindenberg, or the soldiers who died in the Spanish-American War? Nope... It's always Vietnam and 9/11. Because those are the only two tragic things to ever happen to Americans, apparently.
2013-09-21 04:16:22 PM  
1 vote:
oh, boy. another "hero" and why?
/maybe if he ran to Vietnam, and brought the 58k back home.
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