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What about the other Veterans?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 8, 2008


From Last surviving U.S. World War I vet honored by president – CNN.com:

Last surviving U.S. World War I vet honored by president

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Frank Woodruff Buckles was just 15 years old when he joined the U.S. Army. Soon, he was deployed to war and headed overseas on the Carpathia — the same ship used in the rescue mission of the Titanic.

He drove ambulances in Britain and France for soldiers wounded during World War I.

A few decades later, Buckles was in the Philippines as a civilian, on December 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. He was taken as a prisoner of war for 39 months in Manila, eating his meals out of a single tin cup.

More than 60 years later, he still clings to that cup, the one that sustained his life. Weathered with age, the cup has flecks of white paint chipped off. He keeps it as a reminder of his sacrifice for the country he so loves. He also still has his dog tags.

At age 107, there’s not much the war veteran, POW and West Virginia farmer hasn’t seen. But this week, this quietly accomplished man was humbled.

Buckles, the last known surviving World War I U.S. veteran, met the president of the United States and received a standing ovation at the Pentagon

What about all the other Veterans? The ones that came home from Nam, shattered, hated and despised? Or the ones that came home from Iraq in the 90’s, crazy from all kinds of chemicals, or the ones that come home now, with an eternal taint of Abu Ghraib and Gitmo to their names, for simply having been “over there”.

Where is their Standing Ovation at Pentagon?

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