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I felt completely alone at the company I work for until they hired another veteran a few months ago. Then this morning I get into the office early and a guy that just started came up to me and said "Hey, is that your Jeep out back?" I tell him yes. He say's "I love your bumper sticker, I was in Vietnam, and wish I had a sticker like that a few years ago." then smiled at me and walked off.

My bumper sticker reads "Iraqi War Veteran, I Don't Kill Babies, And I Will Spit Back."
I think, perhaps, it's our uniqueness in our societies that make us feel like we're alone. The fact that I posted earlier about the number of vets that serve relative to the percentage in society in general.

I still feel that way. There are some non-military people that get it, but they are few and far between. I still find it hard talking about my experiences even with other vets. It may get better or not. In the end we're all alone in our own skin if you know what I mean. Just sometimes it's hard and I wish it wasn't.
Disabled vet proves doctors wrong ~ his incredible tribute to the power of determination!
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People sometimes underestimate the power and determination or the human spirit. To see him smiling at the end of the video put one on my face this morning as well.
Spock that was awesome! I'm working on that mentality myself as best I can with my illness. No energy and lots of problems from my polycethemia but I force myself to walk 3 to 4 times a week even if it is to the pub and back after a cold one. Its one mile and it forces me to socialize instead of sitting still dieing. I used to run 2 miles in 9min. 50sec. It takes me 30min. each half mile but I refuse to give in. So that old boy was a good inspiration. Thanks
I agree WW, he is a good example of mind over body. It is easy to isolate in the man cave and rely on excuses. Motivation is something we must work at everyday. Baby steps as we keep saying.
“My dad’s a Vietnam vet who’s paralyzed from the waist down,” says Burghardt. “I was lying there thinking I didn’t want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, ‘Good, I’m in business.’
As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. “I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn’t going to let my teammates see me being carried away on a stretcher.”
He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. “I flipped them one. It was like, ‘OK, I lost that round but I’ll be back next week’.”


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