Do you wish we had a Veterans season next weekend??

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  1. Duster

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    And I suppose your going to say he went from Sergeant to Lt Colonel with no other rank between the two.
     
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  2. HuntressOfLight

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    You supposed incorrectly. I recall the colonel wearing the major's uniform quite well, simply because I was older by then. A nurse with him today reports that he is faring well after the surgery and is quite chipper without any pain medication, which is fantastic; however, I continue opting to delay conversation, being that the less he talks now, the less swelling should develop. When he wore the major's uniform, I can recall him often receiving calls regarding overseeing radar monitoring pertaining to weather...
     
  3. Duster

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    Do you recall him moving up from basic rank thru the Sgt ranks and then going to OCS and becoming a Second Lt. Never heard of anyone going that route. Military is funny going by the book on rank steps.
     
  4. HuntressOfLight

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    Not really, but I can certainly ask him at some point. I do recall him telling me about a time early on, while still here in West Kentucky. Dead of winter, top brass arriving in Mayfield (never been there myself), tons of snow and ice about everywhere, and nobody could make it in to prepare all for them. He made it in and did so, but then they called all off, which rather annoyed him, but he tells the story with great humor, of course.

    Speaking of weather, there has been so much rain quickly drop out this way of late, that I was rather astonished while driving us yesterday, noticing how very much has pooled in places that I have never noticed flood. He was rather surprised, as well, while showing me certain places on the primary route which can overflow.

     
  5. Rod S.

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    I can see Ky. doing what Arkansas does & let vets & active military hunt with the youth hunts.
     
  6. FOWLER2671

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    I like that better then nothing but would prefer to have the kids the first weekend after big duck and let the vets hunt the second weekend.
     
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    Now that I can get behind.
     
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    That's what I have supported from the start last year. But I get responses of the kids being more important etc.... No pandering etc....
     
  9. Brsutton86

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    I say piss on your ideas for your trash talk about kids. Ive taken many kids and they all have been very appreciative. In central KY we have first weekend of nov which sucks usually. Most of the time we put em on woodys but they all love it even when they dont get to shoot. I'd rather see kids shoot limits and brag on FB and me shoot 2 or 3 a day all season. Let them enjoy it and get hooked. Kids need to be in the outdoors. Any kind of stand up man I know would rather watch kids shoot birds anywday than shoot them himself.
     
  10. FOWLER2671

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    I've taken kids every chance I could. Like I said, I had a cancelation because "The hunting wasn't good enough"??? The kid has killed ducks every time I have taken him. (Disclaimer) I'm not blaming the kid in that example; The father , A friend decided it wasn't good enough...

    AS I HAVE SAID FROM THE START; I have nothing against a youth weekend UNTILL someone decides that that is reason enough not to have a Veterans hunt.... And by the way, I have been offering to take the locals veterans and had a thread designed to help veterans in other parts of the country going since about 04 or 05.... Piss on Your attitude if that's what it comes down to!
     
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  11. bird whisperer

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    Instead on vets hunt how about legit disabled vets hunt?
     
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  12. FOWLER2671

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    Feds passed it as a Veterans hunt.

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    Dean Bridges
    January 28 at 10:02 PM
    This is a feeling that I couldn't explain, but he sure did.

    Worth the read.......

    Gen. Petraeus about our military today...

    ...
    I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter. She wasn't crying because it had been her dream for me to go there. She was crying because she knew how hard I'd worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer.

    I was going to get that opportunity. That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following:
    "David, you're a smart guy. You don't have to join the military. You should go to college, instead."

    I could easily write a theme defending West Point and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that separate from that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won't.

    What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.

    In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in four (4) years.

    During the Vietnam era, 4.3% served in twelve (12) years.

    Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population has served in the Global War on Terror.

    These are unbelievable statistics. Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse.

    Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military. Taxes did not increase to pay for the war. War bonds were not sold. Gas was not regulated. In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their hearts.

    The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families. The volunteers. The people who swore an oath to defend this nation. You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on. You've lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you'll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don't understand.

    Then you come home to a nation that doesn't understand. They don't understand suffering. They don't understand sacrifice. They don't understand why we fight for them. They don't understand that bad people exist. They look at you like you're a machine - like something is wrong with you. You are the misguided one - not them.

    When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can't understand the macro issues they gathered from books, because of your bias.

    You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that. Your Congress is debating your benefits, your retirement, and your pay, while they ask you to do more. But the amazing thing about you is that you all know this. You know your country will never pay back what you've given up. You know that the populace at large will never truly understand or appreciate what you have done for them. Hell, you know that in some circles, you will be thought as less than normal for having worn the uniform. But you do it anyway.

    You do what the greatest men and women of this country have done since 1775. YOU SERVED. Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group.

    General David Petraeus
    West Point Class 1974

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  13. Brsutton86

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    So one parent changed your opinion on youth hunts, now all kids are spoiled little brats. Need to walk in through knee deep snow, trip over at least one cypress stump and shoot a jamming pump to deserve a good day of duck hunting. Got it....
    I take veterans hunting too, volunteered several times for wounded warrior hunts. I still say your attitude is garbage.
     

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