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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Then you are not voting as a member. It's far more likely that nonmembers are voting than that people are trying to stack the poll.
    No, I'm not saying they are trying to stack the pole. Just saying some people don't want others to see how they voted so they don't vote publicly.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    As to your topic, when I came home from the first gulf war, the last thing I personally could have cared about was a parade, and would have been annoyed to have to take part in one. However, if cities can afford it and want to have one, great. I did not realize that somehow this was some big controversy.
    Not saying you wanted a parade. What I am saying is there was a concerted effort to ensure Desert Storm vets weren't treated like Vietnam Vets. Yes, it was a very different war and a much faster war. But, a lot people bent over backwards to make sure things were kosher when you guys came home. I think my generation has advanced that ball up the court. Parades, recognition at public events, etc help that cause. Again, this isn't a ploy by an individual to receive recognition. It is a way to make sure no vet is ever treated like Vietnam Vets were treated. Any vet on here that has ever encountered treatment like they got knows that it isn't exactly what you want to hear when you return. Imagine what it would be like if it were socially acceptable like it was in the 60's.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    No, I'm not saying they are trying to stack the pole. Just saying some people don't want others to see how they voted so they don't vote publicly.
    I do not think that is what is happening. Much more likely is that nonmembers are voting in the poll.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Not saying you wanted a parade. What I am saying is there was a concerted effort to ensure Desert Storm vets weren't treated like Vietnam Vets. Yes, it was a very different war and a much faster war. But, a lot people bent over backwards to make sure things were kosher when you guys came home. I think my generation has advanced that ball up the court. Parades, recognition at public events, etc help that cause. Again, this isn't a ploy by an individual to receive recognition. It is a way to make sure no vet is ever treated like Vietnam Vets were treated. Any vet on here that has ever encountered treatment like they got knows that it isn't exactly what you want to hear when you return. Imagine what it would be like if it were socially acceptable like it was in the 60's.
    I think we treat our vets now as well or better than we ever have. I used to do volunteer work for the local VA hospital when I lived in Michigan, and I can tell you that those people who work for the VA really care about taking care of vets and will go way above the requirements of the job to help people out.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I think we treat our vets now as well or better than we ever have. I used to do volunteer work for the local VA hospital when I lived in Michigan, and I can tell you that those people who work for the VA really care about taking care of vets and will go way above the requirements of the job to help people out.
    I agree. We just have to make sure we don't rest on our laurels and let it get bad again.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I agree. We just have to make sure we don't rest on our laurels and let it get bad again.
    I can agree with that. I also encourage every one to look at ways to donate a little time to help out vets. There are tons of great organizations. I used to drive disabled vets to doctors appointments, took very little time out of my schedule and was greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I am in full support of these events as long as they are not styled as "victory parades," but rather a simple welcoming home of the troops and a show of appreciation for their service.
    How about a parade that also celebrates American pride & patriotism? Is that too much to ask of a liberal?

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunbelt View Post
    How about a parade that also celebrates American pride & patriotism? Is that too much to ask of a liberal?
    Go to another thread. This isn't the thread for rhetoric. StillBallin obviously said he supported exactly what you're saying. You're attempt at instigation has fallen short.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    I think it would make my hubby feel uncomfortable. He doesn't even know how to act when people approach him to thank him for his 'service'. The first time he came home we had a welcome home ceremony which was nice. It was a cool way to share the experience with other families that couldn't wait to wrap their arms around their Soldier. The second time he came home(which was this past Christmas) he came home individually and it was just me and the kids welcoming him home. It was nice b/c we got to take him straight home, no checking in weapons, no waiting to be released etc. It was more intimate, but at the same time part of me missed the way he came home the first time since that's what I'm used to and it's more ''celebratory''.

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    I think it would make my hubby feel uncomfortable. He doesn't even know how to act when people approach him to thank him for his 'service'. The first time he came home we had a welcome home ceremony which was nice. It was a cool way to share the experience with other families that couldn't wait to wrap their arms around their Soldier. The second time he came home(which was this past Christmas) he came home individually and it was just me and the kids welcoming him home. It was nice b/c we got to take him straight home, no checking in weapons, no waiting to be released etc. It was more intimate, but at the same time part of me missed the way he came home the first time since that's what I'm used to and it's more ''celebratory''.
    I've also got to come home both ways. I like the one on one homecoming as well. The crap you have to do when you come home with a unit is ridiculous. The single guys could care less how fast things get done, the friggin weapons turn in takes FOREVER, you have to appease officers (who haven't deployed in 5 years) ego's by letting the public affairs photographer get the perfect shot of you coming off the bus, its a fiasco.
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