Veterans - Thank You!

By
Real Estate Agent with First Weber Group Realtors
When a VETERAN Retires

When a good Veteran leaves the "job" and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and others, who may have already retired, wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know.
We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing.

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the "job" and merely being allowed to leave "active" duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that "Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God," and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will kick the crowds' ass that left you behind.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences...
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of...

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had enough.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, "You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!!" Then carry you home safely and put you to bed...

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk crap to the person who talks crap about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will knock the crap out OF THEM..... for using your name in vain.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.


A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including my life."

. . . and military wives are as much veterans as their spouses. (DFM)

From one Veteran to another, it's an honor to be in your Company. Thank you Veteran.


There is a very special bond between those who have defended "The Flag". Let no man forget it and let no one challenge it, for they are brothers of the "first order."


SGM R.Dennis Bannon
USA (Retired)

Comments (5)

Lisa York
Adcock & Associates Real Estate & Auction - Pittsboro, NC

My daddy served in the Navy during the Vietnam war as a medic & I have all the respect in the world for everyone that protects us & keeps us safe. My daddy is paying a dear price health wise (agent orange), but if he had to do it all over again he would. May God bless all the military folks past,present, & future that have defended this great nation.

Lisa

Apr 04, 2008 01:23 AM
John Rhyner
First Weber Group Realtors - Wausau, WI
ASP, SRES, ABR

Good morning Lisa,

Thank you for your response to my posting. Are you self employed or independant contractor, Realtor the the like. I could send you  (snail mail) a Statement of Support for the Guard & Reserves for you to fill out asnd return to me, then I will mount unto a plaque and return it to you. It is 100% totally free to you.

This is not a sales ploy in anyway.

I too had 3 years active duty in Viet Nam, then after a 3 year seperation, I went back into the WI National Guard and completed 29 years 9 months, retiring in August 2005.

As a member of the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) I volunteer my time to reach out to employers (yes, even an independant contractor without any employees other than themselve counts). I am a 5 star supporter and my company "The Veterans Friend" wants to get all people in someway to show their support t=for the "Citizen Soldiers". We are politically motivated in any way. We are the volunteer arm of the Department of Defense, 4500 volunteers strong accross this country promoting the support for the Guard and Reserves.

Can I add you to the list of employers? You cam view this list at www.esgr.net and click on your State.

Apr 07, 2008 02:16 AM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

John,

From one military retiree to another.  I salute you.  Thanks for a great post.

Bob 

Apr 07, 2008 07:03 AM
John Rhyner
First Weber Group Realtors - Wausau, WI
ASP, SRES, ABR

Thank you for your response to my posting. Are you self employed or independent contractor, Realtor the  like. I could send you  (snail mail) a Statement of Support for the Guard & Reserves for you to fill out and return to me, then I will mount unto a plaque and return it to you. It is 100% totally free to you.

This is not a sales ploy in anyway.

I had 3 years active duty in Viet Nam, then after a 3 year separation, I went back into the WI National Guard and completed 29 years 9 months, retiring in August 2005.

As a member of the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) I volunteer my time to reach out to employers (yes, even an independent contractor without any employees other than themselves counts). I am a 5 star supporter and my company "The Veterans Friend" wants to get all people in someway to show their support t=for the "Citizen Soldiers". We are politically motivated in any way. We are the volunteer arm of the Department of Defense, 4500 volunteers strong across this country promoting the support for the Guard and Reserves.

Can I add you to the list of employers? You cam view this list at http://www.esgr.net/ and click on your State.

Apr 07, 2008 07:10 AM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina
John - what a great post.  Thanks for an inside view of what it's like to be a veteran.  By the way, we've mailed back the Statement of Support, and are glad to be part of the ESGR.
Apr 21, 2008 01:23 AM