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THIS post won't be a feature...but maybe it should be

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THIS post won't be a feature...but maybe it should be

In honor of Steve Noble.  Semper Fi.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/obituaries/os-obit-steve-noble-20120306,0,5836227.story

Posts like this one don't get featured- and I think I know why.  I mean, this is a "real estate site".  It's one where few of us would visit were we not a little interested in "real estate stuff".  Features are about mortgage rates, closing techniques and even some boring ol' property management-type things like repairs.

I'm honest enough to admit that I've written posts I considered feature-worthy, only to be disappointed when they weren't included amongst that day's "best of the best".  And I hardly thought either of the two featured posts I've had would take off as they did.  So much for predicting...

This feature-worthy post is to honor the memory of Marine Steve Noble- who passed away on March 1st at the too-dang-young age of 50.

Dang cancer...thinks it always has to be the center of attention. But not this time. This should-be-featured tale is an inspiring one- as all who read it will surely agree.

From ensuring that America's heroes that went before him had America's colors flying over their resting places..to the "Wreaths Across America campaign that featured wreaths for veterans' cemeteries at holiday time...to helping fellow veterans toward the end when his health was even worse than their's, Steve Noble's efforts are most worthy of a hearty salute.

Well done, Marine. Semper Fi.

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Rainmaker
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Gretchen:  Worthy, indeed.  Thank you for stopping by- and for your kind sentiment.

Mar 07, 2012 12:24 PM #27
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Erica:  Thank you for stopping by, and for both your best wishes and kind words.

Mar 07, 2012 12:25 PM #28
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Richard:  Thank you for stopping in, and for your comment.  I don't know, though...is there really anything you big million-point folks miss?  Can't be much!

Mar 07, 2012 12:28 PM #29
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Joan:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your kind words.  Yes, credit goes towards Seattle and the ActiveRain office folks- for featuring this even after I needled them a bit....or is that "Space Needled them a bit"?  Couldn't help that- it was too easy!  But maybe it was just a slow day in Rain-land....

Mar 07, 2012 12:33 PM #30
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Bob Caldwell
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I've worked with veterans for over 30 years and am a child of the 1960s, lucky enough to get a draft number that stopped me from having to fight in Vietnam.  With the two wars we've been through over the past decade, I cannot fathom how truly difficult for today's troops--being away from their families for long periods of time, having no draft, and many returning soldiers have no way of supporting themselves as they return to society...and many of them suffer from extreme post traumatic stress disorder and/or severe anxiety disorders.  Simply put, our troops are nothing short of true heroes, and when one gives their life for a greater cause, such as the future of your country for your children and grandchildren, it is the greatest sacrifice.  May all of our fallen troops rest in peace.

Mar 07, 2012 12:46 PM #31
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Congrats on the feature! I am very glad you made the feature page. Out military men and women deserve every honor and recognition we can give them. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Mar 07, 2012 12:55 PM #32
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Bob:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your sentiments that surely make too much sense for a number of folks.  I've got another post in the works that's going to be called "Wht you appreciate, you fight for" or something like that- and it's going to address the VA healthcare system from a few standpoints.  First from how those who hope for Obamacare need to visit their local VA hospital for a preview, then how we're ONLY getting worse from there with our technology that gets better and better to allow more folks to come- yet come home broken, as well as how little some current patients appreciate the care they get from some very caring folks that work there..to how those very same folks have nowhere else to get seen.

Mar 07, 2012 01:13 PM #33
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Laurie/RSD team:  Thank you for your comment and kind words.  You're surely correct, too- it's crazy that the most many folks hear about "our military" is a story here and there about their updated death tolls.  More folks need to hear about- and seek out some of the positive stories, too.  Have a great remainder of the week yourself!

Mar 07, 2012 01:32 PM #34
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Dennis - Well, it looks like the powers that be decided that this memorial was featur worthy.

Mar 07, 2012 02:33 PM #35
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Christine:  Thank you for stopping in and commenting.  You never know about those dang powers-that-be!  I guess they do surprise you from time to time!

Mar 07, 2012 03:17 PM #36
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Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
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I think we've all had the same experience with posting what we thought was an earth shattering blog that would change the world, only to have 3 comments and nothing else.  I'm glad this did get featured as we all need to support our troops even more.  We owe them a lot.  Semper Fi.

Mar 07, 2012 04:36 PM #37
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Janet Jones
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Hi Dennis--I just had to read your post after seeing the title!  Congratulations on the Feature that should be featured!  That's an amazing story of a military man with a great big heart.  We truly have lost a hero. 

Mar 07, 2012 04:40 PM #38
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Ye of little faith, Mr. Burgess.

Mar 08, 2012 12:39 AM #39
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
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Hi, Doug:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words.  Posting on here is a funny thing- sort of a science and one I can't yet say I've mastered.  14 months and 150k points in, I'm still searching for that ever-elusive rabbit known as the "featured post formula"!

Mar 08, 2012 01:52 AM #40
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
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Aloha, Janet:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words. You and others over your way needn't look to ou shores for your first hero, though.  As you surely know, you've got one of America's heroes in your own back yard...or beach!

Former Army Captain, current U.S. Senator from Hawaii and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Daniel K. Inouye is one truly worthy of a salute from each of us.  May God bless the remainder of his service to both your beautiful state and our splendid nation that's been kept free by folks of his ilk alone.

Mar 08, 2012 02:03 AM #41
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Jason:  Thank you for dropping in, and for your comment.  Faith is often a tough thing- one must struggle to keep the faith in God first and in themselves second.  Faith in others and their actions is a tertiary and elusive thing- just like that dang "featured post formula" rabbit!

Mar 08, 2012 02:09 AM #42
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Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL
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Statistics I see seem to indicate that we have more domestic suicides among returning veterans than we have combat deaths during foreign deployments.  We do not honor our obligations to our service men and women who have difficulty in re-entry to our society. 

I am not a medical expert but I have to think that while military servicemen and women are deployed to a combat zone their definitions of American values are clear and well defined.  When they return home I believe that they find that our American values are not so well defined or predictable.  

These young men and women who serve and willingly go into harm's way honor us by their bravery and committment,  It is way past time that we should be honoring them after they return home.

 

Mar 20, 2012 07:43 PM #43
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Ted:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your concern and sentiments towards my fellow veterans.  I am always hesitant to accept any gratitude for my own service- yet I am very appreciative of the service both of my grandfathers gave in WWI and WWII.

As I've written here, I never knew my grandfather who served during WWII.  I know of his service, though- he was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for the Battle of San Pietro, and another Purple Heart and a Silver Star for the following debacle that was an effort to secure the Rapido River.

He spent 2 years in the hospital.  Though his physical wounds healed a bit, the mental ones never did.  He drank himself to death- found with bottles of vodka in a seedy California motel.  Hardly a proper end for a hero.

Technology and progress is a double-edged sword- and its repercussions are farther-reaching than any Americans could ever expect.  This isn't meant to sound crass or uncaring, but the facts are that tons and tons of folks fought in WWII and died.  They died from injuries, weather, infections, etc.

Folks that would've died 50 years ago return home today- and we thank God for every member of our military that makes it back to our shores.  But those folks require follow-on care that is costly- from a system that is more complicated than it should ever be.  Medical care for our veterans (both it's quality and it's costs, for new veterans and old) is an issue that's only going to get worse.

Please join me in spreading the word that our veterans deserve more than we could ever give them.

Mar 21, 2012 02:01 AM #44
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Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL
MidFloridaMediation.com

Your comments are spot on, Dennis. My war was two generations back.  By chance I did not serve in a combat zone - but lost friends who did.  I will be pleased to support your efforts. I believe in your cause.

Thank you and your family for your service.

 

Mar 21, 2012 10:11 AM #45
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Ted:  Thank you for your comments once again, and for your kind words.

Mar 22, 2012 03:59 AM #46
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