The Secret Scars of War

By
Real Estate Agent with Rossi & Riina Real Estate VT# 082-0007326

Open Letter to all Veterans of the US Military

 

Thank you for your service.  Whether you volunteered or were a reluctant draftee; whether you were honorably discharged after 2 years active or 8 years or 48 years; whether you gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in service to your country or returned a physically, physiologically (or both) wounded warrior; or came home “visibly” unscathed; whether you fought in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq/Afghanistan or Euro/Stateside support or National Guard/Coast Guard … Thank you.

If you served in a combat theater, and are still alive you probably carry scars either visible or invisible or latent chemical contamination. (That is another story altogether) Some you can speak about some you cannot.  You have seen things that you cannot un-see.

 

On Memorial Day we honor all those who have died in active military service. 

  Today I also think of those who died after the war and carried the burden of war with them as they lived their lives and raised their families. My father came back from WWII (Pacific Theater) and we sons only heard the fun stories of the pranks Sailors played on Marines and vice versa.  Of course there was more… but for an uncle I would not have heard of any combat missions. 

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My point is there are millions of untold stories that will die with our soldiers and sailors regardless of the combat era or theater.  Today I am also thinking of the now dead warriors who made it back and swallowed the horrors of war and never spoke of it and of those who will die in the future holding in their secrets of war.

If you have a family member or friend who has been in a combat zone (whether or not he/she has spoken about it) look deep into their eyes then give them a hug knowing they may have horrors in their gut that to them are unspeakable yet they bear it!

Peace, we have it at a cost.  

 

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Comments (16)

faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

We really need to do more for our servicemen and women that served in combat. Their mental scars go on forever and we can never know what they endure.

May 30, 2017 04:54 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thank you for such a heart-felt blog, Dana.

May 30, 2017 05:31 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Nathan, Faye,  thanks for the comments.... well I took a day off work and I was just thinking about the day and what it meant.  Then my mind went to the family and friends who had been to war and "made it back"  but carried invisible scars.

May 30, 2017 05:34 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Very Nice!!!   We need to thank our vets every day of the year

May 30, 2017 06:02 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Dana Basiliere 

So glad to see your post. There are many stories that never get told because they want to forget

May 30, 2017 06:25 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

My dad fought in three wars and is long gone now after being exposed to agent orange in Viet Nam.  It is the ultimate sacrifice.

May 30, 2017 09:19 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Dana very thoughtful post.  All the families that have lost loved ones in wars have been very much on my mind this week.

May 30, 2017 11:20 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

William and Doug, thank you for your comments.

 

May 30, 2017 12:03 PM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Belinda,

I started to comment on Agent Orange in my post however that is a whole other post. Sorry about you dad and the agent orange. I know more Nam victims than other wars because I am that vintage. I include your dad in Memorial day because he died from combat injuries.

May 30, 2017 12:06 PM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Thanks Anna.  I thought more about it this year than past years. I think it is because of accumulated knowledge of the affects wars have (first hand meaning people I know) 

May 30, 2017 12:09 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dana, this would be a great post for this weekend, being Veterans Day.   Great post! 

Nov 09, 2017 06:00 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Thank you Joan, Perhaps I should re-post it.

Update--11-10-2017   I re-posted it with a few modifications for Veterans Day tomorrow.

Nov 09, 2017 05:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dana what an awesome post, you should write more often, you would be a great asset to this platform. Also interact with the community, I appreciated your comment on my post, Endre

Jul 08, 2018 02:33 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dana, my comment of July 2018 still stands ...you should write more often and thank you for commenting on my post, Endre

May 12, 2019 10:11 PM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Endre, Thank you for your encouragement.  

May 13, 2019 05:00 AM