I received this email this morning from a fellow PGR member & friend named Gary. Since about 90% of the guys I ride with are Vets and alot of folks that read this blog are Vets, I thought they might find this humorous. Being a Vet myself, #4 has special meeting to me and several Vietnam Combat Vets as we were at work one night, sitting around talking about some of our experiences during the Vietnam War, and another guy walked up stating he was a former Marine and in Vietnam in the 3rd Marine Division. he threw a couple of stories in and then left. Later, one of the Vets came in and had done some checking and the "former Marine" would of been only 11years old at the time of the end of the war. So, please, if it applies, pay heed to #4.
To the author of the following, whoever he/she is, ya done good.
Rules for the Non-Military
Dear Civilians, We know that the current state of affairs in our great
nation has many civilians up in arms and excited to join the military.
For those of you who can't join, you can still lend a hand.. Here are a
few of the areas where we would like your assistance:
1. The next time you see any adults talking (or wearing a hat) during
the playing of the National Anthem - kick their ass.
2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in
protest - kick their ass.
3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest
amount of respect to all veterans. If you see anyone doing otherwise,
quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans fought for the
very freedom they bask in every second. Enlighten them on the many
sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great. Then hold them
down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass
4. If you were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that you were.
Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle Fatigues, telling others
that you used to be ' Special Forces. Collecting GI Joe memorabilia,
might have been okay when you were seven years old, now, it will only
make you look stupid and get your ass kicked.
5. Next time you come across an *Air Force* member, do not ask them,
'Do you fly a jet?' Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot. Such
ignorance deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt).
6. If you witness someone calling the *US Coast Guard* ' non-military
' , inform them of their mistake - and kick their ass.
7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on
your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your
heart. Quietly thank the military member or veteran lucky enough to be
carrying her - of course, failure to do either of those could earn you a
8. Don't try to discuss politics with a military member or veteran. We
are Americans, and we all bleed the same, regardless of our party
affiliation. Our Chain of Command is to include our Commander-In-Chief
(CinC). The President (for those who didn't know) is our CinC Regardless
of political party. We have no inside track on what happens inside those
big important buildings where all those representatives meet All we know
is that when those civilian representatives screw up the situation, they
call upon the military to go straighten it out. If you keep asking us
the same stupid questions repeatedly, you will get your ass kicked.
9. ' Your mama wears combat boots ' never made sense to me - stop
saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a vet and therefore
would kick your ass!
10. Bin Laden and the Taliban are not Communists, so stop saying '
Let's go kill those Commies! 'And stop asking us where he is!
Crystal balls are not standard issue in the military. That reminds me -
if you see anyone calling those damn psychic phone numbers, let me know,
so I can go kick their ass!
11. ' Flyboy ' (*Air Force*), ' Jarhead ' (*Marines),* ' Grunt '
(*Army*), ' Squid ' (*Navy*), ' Puddle Jumpers ' (*Coast Guard*), etc.,
are terms of endearment we use describing each other.. unless you are a
service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. Using
them could get your ass kicked.
12. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the
military, support our troops and their families. Every Thanksgiving and
religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please
remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors,
marines and airmen far from home wishing; they could be with their
families... Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make
every day. Without them, our Country would get it's ass kicked.. '
'It's the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the
'It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
'It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom
to demonstrate.. '
'It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn
the flag. '
AND ONE MORE:
13. If you ever see anyone singing the national anthem in Spanish - KICK
AND ONE ADDITIONAL, SUGGESTED BY ROB, WHO IS AN VETERAN OF THE IRAQI WAR AND HE RUNS THE GREAT BLOG: www.motophotadventures.blogspot.com. ROB IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO.
14. War is, by it's nature, a savage event where it is killed or be killed. Rob writes:
" When I got back from Iraq (Army), I had a few folks come up to me and ask, "did you kill anyone over there". I am not sure why but that really bothered me. In fact, it was almost a hurtful question b/c it was not about killing. It was about protecting ones buddy, squad, platoon and Country. I would recommend, "Don't ask Vet's stupid questions" to the list. "
So, you can take it to the bank, that if a soldier is in Combat arms, no matter what branch of service, and he is on the front lines, then chances are about 100% that he has killed and has seen his buddies killed. And Iraq is like Vietnam, in the sense that there are no safe havens in country, so even the REMF's may have had to go defensive and take out an enemy. When the soldier returns home, he need not be reminded of the things he had to do in war. He knows what he did and most likely is trying to forget it and the images that go with it. So, like Rob suggests, Don't ask Vet's stupid, personal questions pertaining to anything that may pull up a graphic image to the soldiers mind & memory that he is trying to forget. If you do, chances are very likely you will get your ignorant ASS KICKED by the Vet you asked the question to, as well as by one or more other Vet's who may also be within earshot.
ONE LAST THING:
If you got this email and didn't pass it on, guess what, you deserve toget your ass kicked!!!!I sent this to you, because I didn't want to get my ass kicked.
WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE! IN GOD WE TRUST!
And this will end this post. Thanks Gary for sending me the above. I got a good laugh out of it and I hope others do too.
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