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(Mational Day Calendar) Hero It's National Purple Heart Day. Hug a Veteran, or at least buy them a drink   (nationaldaycalendar.com) divider line
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2022-08-07 10:06:23 AM  
Don't forget that Trump has his own Purple Heart, too.
 
2022-08-07 12:05:31 PM  
Ask first before hugging please.
 
2022-08-07 12:05:46 PM  
I was told they give those away for almost nothing.
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2022-08-07 12:09:17 PM  
There's so much substance abuse and alcoholism in that population that the drink would probably be counterproductive.
 
2022-08-07 12:09:31 PM  
As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.
 
2022-08-07 12:11:31 PM  
"It's Memorial Day so remember to thank veterans" -probably subby
 
2022-08-07 12:15:25 PM  

Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.


A lot of vets with Purple Hearts won't talk about it. My dad had his from Korea, but we only learned about it when we packed his things up after he died.
 
2022-08-07 12:22:16 PM  
Now kith.
 
2022-08-07 12:24:54 PM  
Suckers and losers need hugs, too.
 
2022-08-07 12:27:04 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.

A lot of vets with Purple Hearts won't talk about it. My dad had his from Korea, but we only learned about it when we packed his things up after he died.


My dad's history was that.  In 1942, He was in the Marine Reserves and building plane in Akron, Ohio.  Slide missing.  Now it's 1948 and he's working for a newspaper in Evansville Indiana.  He's driving a Jeepster and he "falls asleep" and rolls it down a hill in Kentucky.

After he passed in 85, we could a lot of the missing time.  Most of it on a carrier in the Pacific.
 
2022-08-07 12:28:48 PM  
Yeah, my brothers are already drunk.
 
2022-08-07 12:31:39 PM  
Subby, you really need to leave that Peter Pan ethos behind.

As someone raised by a completely fucked up Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, I can tell you that hugs and appreciation do not stop the nightmares, the insomnia, the yelling and general disfunction.

War is a racket and most recipients know this better than any civilian. My father knew it. When a majority of his back teeth were removed by a Japanese machine gunner, his first thought was, "Good. Now I no longer have to fight this stupid war." He was the only survivor of his squad, the best friends he ever had.

If you meet a Purple Heart recipient, just be kind and know that they got fucked up by a bunch of overweight uniforms playing Risk. Shut up. No hugging. Just be nice and maybe give them a hit of your Blueberry Hashplant.
 
2022-08-07 12:31:43 PM  
Also, rather than ritualistic shows of nothing, also take a look at who fought against the recent veterans bill, and vote against them if you can.

That, unlike a hug, actually does something.
 
2022-08-07 12:34:13 PM  

Gooch: There's so much substance abuse and alcoholism in that population that the drink would probably be counterproductive...


... but welcomed.

Also not sure what generation you are talking about, the award, in it's modern form, has been around since '44
 
2022-08-07 12:35:54 PM  
Why not get them a whole box of these?  You know, to show respect.

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2022-08-07 12:41:11 PM  
Dear veterans,

I apologize that our society didn't provide you better options and the government that abused you to fight largely unjust wars on foreign soil won't take care of your workplace injuries and disability. I will continue working to ensure future generations have better options for thriving within our society.
 
2022-08-07 12:43:53 PM  
Don't farking touch me. Don't buy me shiat. I didn't do a god damn thing for you.
 
2022-08-07 12:45:33 PM  

Fiona Nine Tails: Don't farking touch me. Don't buy me shiat. I didn't do a god damn thing for you.


You must be crazy if you'd turn down a free drink.
 
2022-08-07 12:45:56 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.

A lot of vets with Purple Hearts won't talk about it. My dad had his from Korea, but we only learned about it when we packed his things up after he died.


I think it depends a lot on what conflict. My Grandfather served in Korea and would mention his experiences, from time to time. My uncle served in Vietnam and I've never heard a mention of his service from him. My closest friend served in the Gulf War and  that part of his life is never talked about
 
2022-08-07 1:00:25 PM  

chitownmike: Gyrfalcon: Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.

A lot of vets with Purple Hearts won't talk about it. My dad had his from Korea, but we only learned about it when we packed his things up after he died.

I think it depends a lot on what conflict. My Grandfather served in Korea and would mention his experiences, from time to time. My uncle served in Vietnam and I've never heard a mention of his service from him. My closest friend served in the Gulf War and  that part of his life is never talked about


My Father in Law finally told the story of his about 6 months before he died. His unit was trying to take some unknown hill north of Seoul when they got pinned by unfriendly. The Captain called for a little artillery and one of the shells was caught by a tree directly above his hole. It got him six weeks in Tokyo and a permanent light-up of metal detectors everywhere.
 
2022-08-07 1:03:18 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Fiona Nine Tails: Don't farking touch me. Don't buy me shiat. I didn't do a god damn thing for you.

You must be crazy if you'd turn down a free drink.


I'm gonna be real, I would if offered by a rando for me being a veteran.  There is a lot of frankly weird hero worshippers that I wouldn't want to even be in the same bar with.
 
2022-08-07 1:10:27 PM  
A toast to you today, Dad. As a kid, I loved hearing the stories of how you earned them. As an adult, I realized how much you hated telling them.
 
2022-08-07 1:29:35 PM  
This is great. I was just thinking the other day that someone should finally come up with a day to honor veterans.
 
2022-08-07 1:35:37 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Don't forget that Trump has his own Purple Heart, too.


It isn't getting enough oxygen. I'm surprised he hasn't vapor-locked that biatch yet. Especially with all the shiat food he eats.
 
2022-08-07 1:37:17 PM  
In 2007, I picked up a couple of them in a 7 week stretch.

Not the most fun time in my life.
 
2022-08-07 1:44:23 PM  

Deathfrogg: Pocket Ninja: Don't forget that Trump has his own Purple Heart, too.

It isn't getting enough oxygen. I'm surprised he hasn't vapor-locked that biatch yet. Especially with all the shiat food he eats.


I think Stormy said he also has a Purple Heart-on. But you have to look hard to find it.
 
2022-08-07 1:47:06 PM  
One of my BIL has a Purple Heart. Sum total of his comments: "I was in 'Nam, ain't going back."
 
2022-08-07 1:50:05 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Don't forget that Trump has his own Purple Heart, too.


Jairzinho: I was told they give those away for almost nothing.



I hate Trump as much as the next Farker, but Jeesy Creesy, let's not shiat on those deserving. FFS.

/I haven't scrolled past the first three comments, but hitting submit
 
2022-08-07 2:08:49 PM  
A salute to my father, Ret. Lt. Col. DAT_DROP, USAF

He is a veteran of several wars and a goddamn hero, both for his acts of service in uniform and out.

 
2022-08-07 2:26:32 PM  

abhorrent1: This is great. I was just thinking the other day that someone should finally come up with a day to honor veterans.


Well maybe, they should have three.


...I'm Bart Simpson.
 
2022-08-07 2:57:22 PM  
Me, to any Veteran today: "Hi. Have you been awarded at least one Purple Heart?"

Veteran: "Well no bu-"

Me: 
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2022-08-07 3:10:11 PM  
By all means let's have another day of empty platitudes supporting veterans rather than actually accepting that the cost of war continues long after the fighting stops.
 
2022-08-07 3:11:21 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.

A lot of vets with Purple Hearts won't talk about it. My dad had his from Korea, but we only learned about it when we packed his things up after he died.


My dad has 1 (should be 2) from Vietnam. Doesn't talk about it, and I don't ask. Only time I've seen him cry was when visiting the memorial in DC
 
2022-08-07 3:16:06 PM  
My dad (WW II) had the worst luck with those things.  The commendation for his first one (his ship was sunk) went down when the ship he was re-assigned to was itself sunk taking all of his gear with it and wounding him again.  Then after recovering he was put on an "easy" assignment (diving on wrecks to pull up pilots' bodies) and a foul-up with his air line resulting in one of his eardrums being blown out.  That purple heart came to him after the war was over, and a few years later he came across it and threw it away (although the family joke was my mother had lost it going for an inside straight).
My father was not a sentimental man.  But when he was very old, my wife (career army) got him a mini version, and he wore it on his ball cap to the end.
 
2022-08-07 3:23:08 PM  

Gooch: There's so much substance abuse and alcoholism in that population that the drink would probably be counterproductive.


Read: DEPRESSION*

The latter is a problem, the formers are symptoms
 
2022-08-07 3:29:23 PM  

Jairzinho: I was told they give those away for almost nothing.
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I never understood what that biatch's point was. It's not like he campaigned to recieve a purple heart.
 
2022-08-07 3:38:25 PM  

Theeng: Also, rather than ritualistic shows of nothing, also take a look at who fought against the recent veterans bill, and vote against them if you can.

That, unlike a hug, actually does something.


This deserves way more smarts
 
2022-08-07 4:06:57 PM  
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2022-08-07 4:59:46 PM  
Some can't speak of it at all ...
 
2022-08-07 5:19:07 PM  
All of my killing was done per President Clinton's orders.  There was a lot.
 
2022-08-07 10:42:32 PM  
American's prefer veterans who were not wounded, or didn't even go to war, but totally would have gone to war.

People should be saluting me! I am a veteran of 5, 5! Battlefield(tm) campaigns, and always answered the call of duty (tm).
 
2022-08-07 11:28:59 PM  

sooprd8ve: All of my killing was done per President Clinton's orders.  There was a lot.


Was is justified?
 
2022-08-08 12:20:24 AM  
my dad was a veteran of ww2, he was in charge of the class of 1943 at the naval academy at south bend, indiana. after that he was a captain of an LCI being sent to the south pacific and potentially to japan, little boy and fat man ended the war when they were transiting the panama canal. after that he was naval intelligence which he couldnt talk about, cuban missile crisis photo analysis as i understand it...
 
2022-08-08 12:21:46 AM  

E.S.Q.: sooprd8ve: All of my killing was done per President Clinton's orders.  There was a lot.

Was is justified?


I loved that show
 
2022-08-08 1:11:43 AM  

Mugato: Jairzinho: I was told they give those away for almost nothing.
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I never understood what that biatch's point was. It's not like he campaigned to recieve a purple heart.


No, but Kerry's service and commendations had been frequently touted throughout his political career. So to grasp onto anything they could, they tried to downplay how he earned his purple hearts because their guy was able stay stateside due to his daddy. They had a point, but it was stupid.
 
2022-08-08 8:28:54 AM  

Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.


If they're willing to talk.

My Purple Heart husband refers to "the accident" most of the time.  Been together 12 years,  and I'd say it was about 10 years in before I heard the meat of the story.
 
2022-08-08 8:32:38 AM  

djslowdive: Gyrfalcon: Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.

A lot of vets with Purple Hearts won't talk about it. My dad had his from Korea, but we only learned about it when we packed his things up after he died.

My dad has 1 (should be 2) from Vietnam. Doesn't talk about it, and I don't ask. Only time I've seen him cry was when visiting the memorial in DC


I don't think my dad got a Purple Heart (navy destroyer), but same about the crying.

Convinced is glioblastoma was 'Nam related.

Rest In Peace dad.
 
2022-08-08 12:53:54 PM  

ProcrastinationStation: Summoner101: As someone currently serving, try to use the holiday to actually listen to some of the stories of Purple Heart recipients.  A minority of veterans have one much to the chagrin of Maj Snuffy due to the wicked paper cut that he sustained at staff.

If they're willing to talk.

My Purple Heart husband refers to "the accident" most of the time.  Been together 12 years,  and I'd say it was about 10 years in before I heard the meat of the story.


It wasn't until I was over 50 years old that my Dad, under heavy Norco influence, let slip something about 'patching a buddy's sucking chest wound with the plastic from an MRE'. He would have been under 20 years old at the time

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