livE raW doG
6th August 2005
Some time ago the Veteran's Administration (VA) contacted me about taking part in speaking with wounded/disabled soldiers. I didn't respond to the letters & a few weeks later there was a 'buzz' at my gate. The VA guy asked to speak with me & I invited him inside. He went through his little speech & I said no. After that, the guy tried waving the flag in my face. I asked him when & where he served & he informed me he wasn't a veteran. I told him if he ever tried to wave the flag at me again that I would kick his teeth out. I gave him 60 seconds to get across my property line or I would feed him to my dog. The main reason I said no was because of all the training I've had; none involved being a social worker. If you put a guy like me in front of a bunch of maimed warrior's, this is what will happen: They will all just concentrate on why I'm in 1 piece after everything I've been involved in & they are not. Some people live happy lives & some people live sad ones & there is nothing you can do about it; it just is. If you can't give those men back what they lost, then they will not be satisfied, ever. Sending a clerk SOB that never served, to speak with men like me is stupid. I don't owe anything to anyone; with the exception of my family & friends. I gave at the office.
Am I right? Or wrong?
I Am Teh God
1st July 2004
You did the right thing IMO. You shouldn't do anything you don't want to. What's funny is that there are a bunch of "vets" on these boards, who believe they have "served" their country, yadda yadda...
There was a thread sometime ago where we talked about respecting old vets. IMO, those who earn to be respected are those who don't want it and never talk about it. Those I have an issue with on these boards that are the complete opposite knows who they are.
7th December 2003
Difficult to say, you might be right that without proper training you could do more harm than good, otherwise it might also help those veterans to talk to someone who has been in similar situations.
I agree though that it was not ok of this person to try abuse your sense of patriotism, he should just have accepted a "no".
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
I am just amazed they didn't send a vet. It seems like such a stupid move to send someone who hasn't served to try to get vets to help them out. I'm ignoring their other displays of idiocy for now.
For the Emperor! Knights of Caliban!
16th March 2004
I take it hawk you have severed your country with pride and valour then? You are right tho, why send a lackey to ask you to speak to the vets? Why not just send a vet? Atlest they'd understand more better the clerk. I say you do the right thing.
[color=#000000][size=2][b][i]Heralds of the coming doom, Like the cry of the Raven, we are drawn, This oath of war and vengeance, On a blade of exalted iron sworn, With blood anointed swords
livE raW doG
6th August 2005
The VA is full of civilians that think they are smarter than everyone else.
My country and I had a business agreement. Both parties met their obligations. Now, our business is concluded.
I don't want anything from anyone with the exception of the terms of the agreement. 2 months after my 17th birthday, I was at Fort Polk, LA for basic training & I stayed the course. That enlistment oath I took, over & over; stated that I would defend this nation against all enemies, both foreign & domestic & that I would obey the orders of the Commander-In-Chief. Funny thing about me when I swear an oath, I actually mean every word. It isn't for God or the flag, it's my own personal sense of honor. Honor is the only thing you own that is impossible to have taken from you. You have to give it away, to lose it.
Nvwadohiyadv ale danuwa, nahdyga gado nihi uduli. Aya agasesdodi nasgi! Peace or war, do what you want. I care not!
I would like to fill my eyes with fine times & pretty sights, for a while now.