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Now as I reflect; It's not just a three day weekend for some of us...

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty Washington LLC

Everyday is Memorial Day for me. Since I live just a short distance from Joint Base Lewis McChord and Madigan medical center; I see the sacrifices that our service people make daily and I read of some that won't be coming home also. 

 


As a drafted Vietnam era  Army veteran my heart bleeds for those who came home with not even a thank you. They were caught just serving their country and trying to survive in a war no one says they supported. Instead they were spat on at the airport and called baby killers.
 
I returned to Active duty in the Navy in the early 70s as a Cold War Sailor and more than once my ship received letter bombs. These bombs were sent from our own countrymen who didn't understand what a deterrent mission was. How can sending a bomb in the mail be a peaceful demonstration?
 
 
I had a client who served in the Peace Corps in Africa who had to sleep with a loaded pistol under her pillow because of nightly raids on the village she was serving. She had never thought she would have to armed to serve in the Peace Corps. She told me of several of her friends that were raped and/or killed while serving in a humanitarian cause. Her dad sent her a bigger gun once he found she was under constant fear. She got my thanks as well as all of those others who serve the world over.
 
So what I want this post to reflect is my conviction that all those who serve need our constant appreciation for a thankless, lonely and dangerous job. I can't thank those who have passed; I can just thank those who serve with honor. For me it's not a three day weekend; it's a daily thank you!
 
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Comments (20)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

This a very profound and moving post.  One of our clients was a marine stationed near San Diego.  When he was on leave, he drove to San Clemente to enjoy a night out, because in SD he was subject to ridicule and hateful actions from those opposed to the war.  It is good the times have changed, and people are beginning to respect those who serve, have served and made the ultimate sacrifice.  A

May 27, 2015 05:29 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Paul - You're right. The sacrifices made by those who serve us deserve constant recognition and respect - one day a year is insufficient thanks.

May 27, 2015 05:38 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Those were tough times Ron and Alexandra Seigel !  I had several close friends beaten to within an inch of their lives after just coming home where they thought it was safe...

May 27, 2015 08:37 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Dick Greenberg I was not a hero by any means and I was not looking for any special treatment just human respect.

I have so much respect for our young men and women who serve and their families who dread answering their phone in the middle of the night. Even those who serve in the Peace Corps aren't safe or respected...

May 27, 2015 08:43 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Paul you are so right on about this. It was shameful the way Vietnam Vets were treated upon returning home.  Service people deserve our profound appreciation and gratitude. And I know what it's like to dread the phone ringing later at night. Our son Paul served overseas and it was always good to know he was back in the country.  Thank you Paul - for your service!!

May 27, 2015 09:39 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

For me Anna Banana Kruchten - AZ Top Banana of Real Estate! I should be thanking the U.S. for helping me grow up and find my purpose and passion in life...

May 27, 2015 09:47 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Paul I think a lot of folks feel that way (service people or not). We have so much to be grateful for and then some!! So many folks paved the way for all of us, just as we do now. Wisdom.

May 27, 2015 09:55 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Paul

Those that service deserve the appreciation for all that they do.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 27, 2015 10:49 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good evening Paul. I did 2-1/2 tours of 'Nam doing covert operations. I still have no love for the Sinatra B. Talk about Collusion with the enemy. Folks like her cost us the war.

May 27, 2015 10:56 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It was friends and family from my generation who served in Vietnam.  And, you are right, their return home had to of been a horrendous affair.  The country was torn apart by the war, and our service men and women were seen as a strong symbol of it.  

Over the years, attitudes have changed, and gradually the vets from the Vietnam war have been able to receive their deserved thanks for their efforts. I'm glad you survived it, Paul!  And, thank you for your service!

May 27, 2015 11:15 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

You have a prospective that most of us don't Paul S. Henderson, Realtor ....Thanks for the reminder of what Memorial Day really means or should mean to all of us ....

Have a great night!

May 27, 2015 11:16 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Paul, Very well said!  I may be many years out of the service, but those that serve then and still are never far from my mind.  Some of my classmates and shipmates are no longer with us, the blank check they wrote all of us was cashed.  Bill

May 27, 2015 01:43 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Anna Banana Kruchten - AZ Top Banana of Real Estate! Thank you!

Lou Ludwig I try to thhank at least one a day!

May 27, 2015 02:27 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Do you mean Fonda Michael Thornton. That did upset me! 

May 27, 2015 02:29 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Those were the days Myrl Jeffcoat another black eye for human nature I guess

May 27, 2015 02:33 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you Rob Thomas for your comment and kindness...

May 27, 2015 02:36 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It is a brotherhood soon not forgotten my friend. Thank you for your service Liz and Bill Spear!

May 27, 2015 02:38 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Paul,

Your post has so many memories for me and others of this era. I got married to a guy right after he got out of Viet Nam. Not only was it difficult for him, it was painful for me to watch him and how he was treated. You're absolutely right, people didn't have any respect for our Viet Nam Vets and they were very, very cruel. As a wife, I suffered and I felt forgotten after he passed away from Agent Orange and was denied benefits even though he was in the 101 Airborn Division in Phu bai in 1970 and I cared for his wounds from the time he got out until the day he died.

May 27, 2015 07:20 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Paul,

It was so late when I commented on your post. Selfishly, I reflected on my own life story and my spouses too which had a profound impact on me. What I failed to do was empathize with you and to say thank you for the services you did for our country. I believe in democracy and a free nation. What you had to do was no easy task - nothing in grade school or High School could have prepared you for what you did. Courageously, you did your duty; not just for the Army but the Navy as well. I can't even imagine what it was like for your ship to receive letter bombs. There are so many untold stories and soldiers were dismissed and expected to learn how to cope in a society that wasn't proud of them and that is a sin and a curse that left many soldiers and their spouses feeling depressed, sad, alienated from their own country and the people who professed all they believed in was love! You did not come home to loving arms, that was unforgivable. Since I joined the Women's Auxiliary VFW, I have talked to many people who served their country well only to come home and spat upon and shown no respect. For those sins of our nation, I am sorry. I always held a special place in my heart for our military. Unfortunately, our own government did not serve and protect you when you returned from active duty.

I'm thankful that you included the paragraph about the Peace Corp because I recently applied because I can never retire. Until now, I thought it was the perfect solution, but I can see, the Peace Corp would put my life in danger. I guess it isn't anything like what President Kennedy intended!

Thank you for releasing all those painful thoughts which only scratches the surface. Peace be with you Paul.  You are brave, intelligent, kind, and you are my AR hero!

May 28, 2015 04:19 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof I'm sorry you had to replay of through such a nightmare with your husband. That is why I pay tribute to the love ones and families that have to live with all the demons that come home from war.

 Never fear there will always be someone to help and pay tribute as long as I'm alive ..

May 28, 2015 05:38 AM