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Applebee’s free dinner for veterans

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Draconis, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. fluffybear

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    Saw a commercial last evening for OUTBACK, they are giving Vets a free Bloomin' Onion (appetizer) and a Beverage
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    Thank You Applebee's...... For the second year I've enjoyed a good dinner on Veteran's Day with my brothers in arms!
     
  3. Rich

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    Probably those same people who spat upon the guys returning from Nam. That would be typical of those hypocrites and cowards. I'm still amazed at how much that pisses me off after all these years.

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  4. Mavrick

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    There was a five hour wait in line just to get in the door at the applebees here.
     
  5. MysteryMan

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    I did three combat tours in Nam. During that war the Army never lost a battle. The Air Force maintained air supremacy and the Navy controlled the sea lanes. And for that we were rejected by society when we returned home.
     
  6. Richierich

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    Way To Go Applebee's and all of the other restaurants that choose to Honor Our Great Veterans.
     
  7. Rich

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    I remember that so well. Disgusted me then, still does.

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  8. Stewart Vernon

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    And to be fair... it wasn't just the regular people who treated Vietnam vets badly... the government and even the military dropped the ball there too.

    It's a not-so-shining example of how badly people can behave sometimes.
     
  9. davemayo

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    Not to hijack the thread, but my father served a tour in Nam in the Army, First Cav. Now, over forty years after he returned, he still won't talk about it, especially about the treatment they received when they came home. I've tried to read as much about the war as possible to try to understand what he and his comrades went through, but there is no way to get that from a book, obviously. I did read Matterhorn recently. Even though it was fiction, it was really riveting.
     
  10. Richierich

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    I always wondered why American Citizens who Served In The Military with their Life on the Line every single day weren't honored with more Praise and Respect even though the war was unpopular they didn't make the decision to go to war but were just doing their Honorable Duty to Serve Their Country and it's Citizens.

    They are to be commended on their courage and bravery in keeping America Strong and Safe!!!
     
  11. Stewart Vernon

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    Exactly!

    Protesters of the war had a right to do so... as long as they point the blame at the proper people (those who made the decision to go to war).

    The soldiers in the battlefield were doing their best to follow orders, and in a lot of cases even the soldiers didn't believe the war was "right" but they felt the honor and duty of serving and as such did their job to the best of their ability.

    I always have said...

    Protest the war, not the warriors.
     
  12. Richierich

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    EXACTLY!!! They weren't the ones that elected to go to war with Vietnam but they were commanded to Serve and Serve They Did Admirably and Honorably and they Deserve alot of Thanks from those of us who didn't or couldn't Serve!!!
     
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    Clausewitz said it best..."no one starts a war-or rather no one in his senses ought to do so-without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it". It's a pity that LBJ and Obama never read Clausewitz.
     
  14. Rich

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    Ah, the whole thing was a cluster ****! But to blame the servicemen was unconscionable. That's all I cared about. I still think that was disgraceful. Yeah, the government screwed up, the military leaders screwed up. How do you win EVERY battle and still lose a war? But to blame the guys doing the fighting? That's just wrong. To spit on a Vet? Disgraceful.

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  15. Richierich

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    I thought Kennedy started Vietnam and Bush started the War In Iraq. LBJ came in and inherited it and then passed it along to Nixon who finally had to end it. Obama inherited it from Bush.
     
  16. MysteryMan

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    Given what you stated do you think Kennedy, Johnson, Bush and Obama new what they wanted to achieve with their wars and how they wanted to conduct them? Clue: The answer is a two letter word begining with the letter N!
     
  17. Stewart Vernon

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    Sorry about that... I think my post was partially mis-read... I wasn't speaking of our government's handling of the war itself when I say they screwed up... I took that as a given! :)

    I was actually referring to how the government has historically abandoned its war veterans after the fact. How many suffer from injuries or inability to re-assimilate into non-war society... and how when the public sentiment against the war takes hold, the government switches gears to be anti-military to garner votes at the expense of the soldiers that previously they had been rallying to war.
     
  18. Richierich

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    EXACTLY. Even the Pentagon wouldn't help the Vets out with the Agent Orange Problem, just turned their backs on them and said it was psychological.

    What a bunch of Bullsh*t!!!
     
  19. Rich

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    I knew what you meant. Just gave me a chance to vent.

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    I think Ike sent the first "observers", then Kennedy just kept on sending them and then LBJ really got caught up in it. That whole alleged fiasco in the Gulf of Tonkin really made all the Tin Can sailors laugh. A bunch of Vietnamese gunboats running destroyers out! That was absolutely ridiculous. Destroyers against gunboats. We would have wiped them out. That was just an imaginary incident. Cuba tried the same thing. Ever read about Castro's navy running off destroyers? Never happened.

    They did run off the nuclear powered Long Beach because she couldn't depress her guns low enough to fight them off, but they fixed that and then sent the destroyers out to prowl the Cuban coast and we never even saw a gunboat or a torpedo boat.

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