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What is a Vet?
Author Unknown
(Published by Ann Landers 11-11-99)

You can't tell a vet by just looking.
He is the cop on the beat who just spent
six months in Saudi Arabia
sweating 2 gallons a day making sure
the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth whose frat-boy behavior
is outweighed in the cosmic scales by four hours
of unparalleled bravery near the 38th Parallel in Korea.

She is the nurse who fought against futility in Da Nang
and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another.

He is the drill instructor who has never seen combat,
but has save thousands of lives by turning lazy no-accounts
into Marines and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding legionnaire who pins
on this ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the white-haired old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket,
aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp.

A vet is an ordinary and extraordinary human being - someone who offered
his life's most vital years in the service of his country.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against darkness,
and nothing more than the finest,
greatest testimony on behalf of the finest,
greatest nation ever known.

We will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude we owe.

Tribute to Michael Barry Turner

Created Veteran's Day - 11/11/99

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