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« on: May 24, 2014, 12:19 PM »

Of you that have served or are serving now in the Armed Forces and the families that have lost, loved, and supported them
THANK YOU
God Bless, Kurt
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 10:01 PM »

Had my draft number not been called, I still would have joined.

But then, I'm old school.

Best shape I was ever in was out of boot camp.

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 06:28 PM »

Hats off to those who serve. Not easy going and not easy coming back.

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014, 04:20 PM »

Had my draft number not been called, I still would have joined.

But then, I'm old school.

Best shape I was ever in was out of boot camp.

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And then Sandia Base for 35F school, right?

Only because I dropped a class and lost my student deferment. I definitely wouldn't have volunteered in the summer of '68 when going to Vietnam was almost a certainty. I opted to stay in 3 years to get a school that would keep me out of a war zone. I come from a military family. My dad was an AF colonel, but I didn't believe in that war. He didn't either.   

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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2014, 06:02 PM »

My dad was a fighter pilot in WWII.  He was shot down and a POW in Germany for six months.  It must have been brutal.  We were never allowed to say "I'm hungry," when I was growing up.  It would prompt an immediate blast that we didn't know what hungry was.  Looking back, I see now he was right.

As I approached 18, SS registration and the wait for the lottery, Dad said that he would do whatever I wanted to stay out of Southeast Asia.  He recognized it as a terrible, pointless war.  He would support attorneys to fight the draft, he would have paid for college in Canada.  He was a hard core Republican, but he didn't like a stupid war.  My draft lottery came up with a fairly safe number, and more importantly, Nixon began the de-escalation that spring.  I stayed in school without issue.

It was nearly twenty years and with a teenage son of my own before I fully realized the magnitude of having someone with his experience support his son in avoiding the draft.  He had dropped out of an Ivy League school to serve.  He paid dearly in Germany.  But clearly, he loved me very much. 

When I finally found the wisdom to thank him, he no longer remembered. 

Now again, another twenty years later, Thank you Dad.  Maybe you can read this from where you are.
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