The Secret Scars of War (a repost from Memorial Day)

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

Open Letter to all Veterans of the US Military


 Update:  With Veterans Day upon us for 2017 I was reminded by Joan Cox that this post I did for Memorial Day might even be more relevant on the 11th November, Veterans Day as I speak of those still living with the Secret Scars of War as well as those who have died.    


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 Veterans Day we honor all those who have served in one or more of our armed services regardless of the role!


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 of war" in their gut that to them are unspeakable yet they bear it!

Peace, we have it at a cost.  


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Comments (8)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dana, great post for this weekend, and so appropriate for our Veterans!  

Nov 10, 2017 07:04 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Thanks Joan Cox , I took your advice. I also need to get back into posting.

Nov 10, 2017 09:39 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Recently, I sat through each episode of Ken Burn's Vietnam War documentary series.  It was riveting.  We owe our veterans a good deal.

Nov 10, 2017 05:23 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Dana, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Nov 10, 2017 05:24 PM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Myrl Jeffcoat,

Thank you for the feature!

I have not gotten to see the Ken Burns documentary yet. I should. From Vietnam to Bosnia and the Golf War, Afghanistan, Northern Africa we have a lot of veterans coming home.  I thank them for their service. 

Nov 10, 2017 06:22 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is a great tribute to the brothers! All love here! Do you have newer posts? I'd be glad to check them out, Dana Basiliere 

Mar 06, 2018 09:59 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Hello Laura,

No I don't.  I am going to get back into it. I really enjoyed posting and I put a lot of time and energy into many of them.  I don't like to do a "weak" post so I error by not posting.  I am busy but you know not so much that I can't spare a couple hours a week for a post.  I always think of posting ideas then I get distracted and dont' get to it.    You have given me the needed tickle and I will start up again.   Stay tuned.  If you don't see one in a week call me out on it.  ;-)  Dana 

Mar 06, 2018 10:15 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Dana - I think will need to continue to thank those for their service and honor those who have died for our freedom.

Mar 30, 2019 04:01 AM