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    Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Personally, I think this is a must for our country. Yes, there is a possibility of redeployment to Afghanistan, but those are two different wars. I think every major city should have one of these. Bravo to St Louis for leading the way on this and allowing one to happen. I would like to hear others thoughts on this. Also, if there are any that think we shouldn't have them and why.
    Below is a story about the St Louis parade.
    St. Louis hosting 1st big parade on Iraq War's end - Yahoo! News
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    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.

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    If you have ever met an Iraq War vets (friends with many). They just want to know that they didn't fight for nothing. That is the reason many go or sometimes the extra "combat pay." I think a war veteran every time I see one. I say: "Thank You." "You know you didn't have to go." "But thanks!" They smile and we talk! It's quite and enlightening experience.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by stsburns View Post
    If you have ever met an Iraq War vets (friends with many). They just want to know that they didn't fight for nothing. That is the reason many go or sometimes the extra "combat pay." I think a war veteran every time I see one. I say: "Thank You." "You know you didn't have to go." "But thanks!" They smile and we talk! It's quite and enlightening experience.
    The reason they go is because they signed up to go, because they wanted that experience and because they wanted to be part of an elite team.

    I doubt they do it for the money. Most of the rest of us wouldn't take an extra 200 bucks a month to go to a foreign country and potentially get blown the **** up by an IED.

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    There should be parades, and the vets should the thanked PROFUSELY for their service. They signed up for a job, maybe for tuition benefits when they got out, and they realized they may be called on to fight for their country. They didn't sign up to fight in the fights they thought were worth it, they signed up to fight if the commander in chief told them to go. Bush said attack Iraq, they did. That is as it should be. Because the commander in chief told them to go and they obeyed orders, their lives were put at risk. That is the way it is. And we should all be thankful to them for being willing to obey that order and put their lives at risk (even if not every one believed in the cause).

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Personally, I think this is a must for our country. Yes, there is a possibility of redeployment to Afghanistan, but those are two different wars. I think every major city should have one of these. Bravo to St Louis for leading the way on this and allowing one to happen. I would like to hear others thoughts on this. Also, if there are any that think we shouldn't have them and why.
    Below is a story about the St Louis parade.
    St. Louis hosting 1st big parade on Iraq War's end - Yahoo! News
    I am not too sure a welcome home parade would be good. I couldn't picture anyone who has spent a year in war zone would want to go get their uniform squared away, go through countless inspections just to make sure their uniforms are squared away, and go through a couple of parade rehearsals that involve a lot of hurry up and wait just be forced to participate in some parade so that gawking civilians can feel good about themselves. I never been deployed to combat when I was soldier but I do know from experience that for a lot of soldiers it sucks ass getting your uniform squared away,having to go through what seems like countless inspections and having to go early as possible to rehearsals so you can stand there for a couple of hours in formation waiting for the rehearsal to start. I think the best way to thank the troops is to send them booze,maybe find out what restaurants are around the bases and give gift cards to those restaurants, Or maybe those care packages. I think what these people would want to do is spend some time with family and friends and relax a bit.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I am not too sure a welcome home parade would be good. I couldn't picture anyone who has spent a year in war zone would want to go get their uniform squared away, go through countless inspections just to make sure their uniforms are squared away, and go through a couple of parade rehearsals that involve a lot of hurry up and wait just be forced to participate in some parade so that gawking civilians can feel good about themselves. I never been deployed to combat when I was soldier but I do know from experience that for a lot of soldiers it sucks ass getting your uniform squared away,having to go through what seems like countless inspections and having to go early as possible to rehearsals so you can stand there for a couple of hours in formation waiting for the rehearsal to start. I think the best way to thank the troops is to send them booze,maybe find out what restaurants are around the bases and give gift cards to those restaurants, Or maybe those care packages. I think what these people would want to do is spend some time with family and friends and relax a bit.
    The prep sucks, to be sure. However, it doesn't have to be as formal as you're putting it. The one in St Louis wasn't. And, isn't it the prep that makes it so much more than it is sometimes? I don't know if you guys do anything like this, but we do the Marine Corps Ball every year around Nov 10th. The prep sucks. You have to square your Dress Blues away, pay money to get your medals mounted, the dry cleaning bills, etc. But, when you get there, its all worth it. The comaraderie and esprit de corps at the Ball is second to none. All the prep is worth it for the show. I think that would be the case for a parade. No Marine, soldier, sailor, or airman is going to say they want a parade because most of us are too humble to ask for it. Most of us will say we have better stuff to do or would rather hang at home. But, when we actually do it, it's a great experience. Sort of like something the Navy and Marine Corps do called Fleet Week. We load a skeleton Marine Expeditionary Unit on an amphibious assault ship, port somewhere like Miami or New York, and allow civilians to come on the boat and see displays of our weapons, Marine Corps Martial Arts demos, etc. Horrible prep, great event.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    A parade is nice, remembering and respecting those who sacrifice their lives for our way of life is essential. Adjustment to civilian life, medical attention, job training and education those are many issues I hear about.

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    The "NO" vote...
    How utterly stupid can anyone be ?
    Having learned nothing from The Vietnam War ?????????
    I say that the Democrats could seize and control this monent........a GI bill....
    Actually our President Obama should do this, and give the hateful conservatives in Congress a chance to oppose it..
    and propose another GI bill, similar to that of WW2.

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