November 11, 2011, - 10:32 am

On Veterans Day (& Every Day!), Thank You For Your Service (& Our Freedoms), American Veterans

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s trite but eternally true: freedom isn’t free. And while today we honor our American veterans for the service they gave to this country, it’s something we should do every single day. I try to do it and I always thank soldiers and those with VFW hats or other insignia indicating they served. I’ve posted the pictures, below, several times before on this site. But they bear re-posting because they show the sacrifice, the agony, the emotion of those who serve so we can remain free. Without them and the grace of G-d, we might all be in burqas and keffiyehs, right now. And because of gutless politicians, authorities, and the mainstream media and pop culture, that may be coming soon anyway. Still, we certainly wouldn’t be free to say and do as we please, today, without our military. Without them there would be no First or Second Amendment and without those, no America. Without our brave men serving overseas and on our own shores, America would be a scary place . . . if it even existed at all. Never forget that.

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Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke, Jr., Iraq War Vet, Hugs Pearl Harbor Survivor/WWII Vet Houston James (Graunke Lost a Leg, Hand, and Eye Defusing a Bomb in Iraq)

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Wounded American Marine Salutes President Reagan’s Casket

Some people are upset that there’s no mail or bank service today, and government offices are closed. Others are happy that as government employees they get the day off. But the point is to take some time out–have some reminders–of why we are all free to continue our business, our lives, our families, our ambitions, our freedom of speech, religion, and everything else every day of the week. And that’s because every single day, at risk of losing life or limb, our servicemen stand guard, so that we can continue our lives as we wish, without interruption or, worse, tyranny.

Today, I recognize and remember all of those who served, living and dead. I remember my own father, H.L. Schlussel, M.D., a U.S. Army veteran who served during Vietnam, my great-uncle, Maurice J. Schlussel, M.D., a career Army man who served during World War II and became the top U.S. Army medical officer for the South Pacific after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I salute my cousin, Damian, a career U.S. Air Force soldier who served in Iraq, recently returned from an “undisclosed location in Asia,” and found himself in many other similar “paradises” I’d never wanna visit nor would you.

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My Dad’s Army Uniform From During Vietnam

And I salute all of my brave and courageous readers who took the time to serve our country, not knowing what they would face and sacrifice along the way, but joining the U.S. Armed Forces to keep America safe and secure.

Yes, freedom is costly. Today, thank all of those who expended time, energy, limb, and even life to bear that cost for us . . .

G-d Bless You All. And Thank You For Your Service.

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And for those of you who dodged the draft so others could serve and die instead of you, shame on you. That includes “conservative” “hero” and draft-dodger Ted Nugent, who should be behind bars for fraudulently obtaining a student deferment, though he was never a student, so he could go on tour, while other Americans his age died in Vietnam. After that scam no longer worked, he purposely wore the same clothes for a month and went to the bathroom in them, so he could be ruled unfit to serve. While his fans and others his age were maimed and/or murdered by the Viet Cong, he partied around America. And, yet, he somehow remains a hero of conservatives like Sean Vannity and the FOX News gang.

I’m also troubled that thousands of American men died and thousands more were maimed and lost limbs in the “service” of handing over Iraq from tyrant Saddam Hussein to even worse tyrants, Ahmadinejad and his puppetmasters, the Ayatollahs of Iran. These soldiers served and did as they were told, but their assignment in Iraq was misguided, and it’s a shame. We gained nothing by being in Iraq. We only lost–a lot!–there.

That is part of what Veterans Day is also about: respecting those who served, regardless of the assignment, the questionable assignment in the case of Iraq. And Afghanistan, where our soldiers are sentenced to do mindless “hearts and minds” bullcrap instead of fighting–and winning–a war, something they could have long ago achieved, were it not for generals and Presidents who see our military as a “nation-building” force, rather than a fighting one.

To all of you, Happy Veterans Day. We will never forget what you did for us so we could live our lives and be free.

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The loss of limbs by remote bombing devices was completely unnecessary. Current technology allows for the creation of electronic devices that could have pre-detonated many of the bombs.

Similarly, a constant drumbeat of overwhelming air and tank power, instead of trying to win the hearts and minds of our enemies, would have saved many Americans from coming home in body bags or with broken minds and bodies. We did not win WWII by trying to win the hearts and minds of the Germans and Japanese (most the Italian people never had a desire to go to war, and overthrew Mussolini during the War..much to their credit). No, we bombed the — out of them until they surrendered.

Israel is making the same mistake the U.S. is. If you are going to go to war, do everything in your power to win. Because we have a bunch of sissy boys for President, we have not won a war since WWII (except Granada), and the Israelis have not had a complete victory since 1967.

If the enemy thinks you are soft, they will keep trying to destroy you. The West needs to re-learn this lesson taught by history since Roman times.

Finally, for those of you who think that Jews don’t fight, Jews made up 5% of the U.S. population during WWII, but 10% of the fighting force. My father, and three of my uncles served during WWII, with one getting five Purple Hearts, the Bronze star, and numerous other metals. Another uncle served during Korea.

During Vietnam, Jews again served in greater proportion to their percentage in the population. A cousin, a Marine Colonel was shot down over North Vietnam, MIA/KIA. Meanwhile, Pat Buchanan, who never fails to question Jews’ patriotism even though we came over with Columbus and have been here since the 1650, got out of Vietnam on a “bum knee,” which did not keep him off the tennis courts during the war.

During WWI, I had relatives that served, and a great uncle died serving during the Spanish American War.

Jews were among the first batch of West Point Graduates, Navy Academy Graduates, were among the first batch of Medal of Honor winners, etc.

A Jew, Hyman Rickover, created the nuclear navy. Over 100 years earlier another Jew, Commodore Levy, created the rules of behavior and punishment, for navy personnel. He eliminated corporal punishment.

Jews served as Generals, Captains, privates, etc. on both sides of the War between the States (Yankees call it the Civil War).

However, a salute to all those who have served, and a big badge of disgrace to people like Pat Buchanan who gamed the system.

Jonathan E. Grant on November 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

    [Jonathan - No, we bombed the — out of them until they surrendered.]

    I agree. You fight like we did at Dresden (if that does not work fast enough then you go to Hiroshima/Nagasaki mode) or don’t fight at all. Anything else is a waste of blood and treasure.

    I_AM_ME on November 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Mr. Grant:

    You’re Jewish?

    Did you know that “Grant” is also the name of a prominent Scottish clan?

    Anyway, thank you for reminding folks that Jews served in the Confederate Army, along with blacks, Mexicans, and American Indians.

    Also, thank you for reminding folks that “Civil War” is an incorrect appellation for the Second American Revolution, or the War for Southern Independence, or the War of Northern Aggression, et cetera, with all the variations of those descriptions.

    A true civil war, which we are about to have here in America, is actually a conflict between two or more armed groups in the same country, who are struggling for control of the same government.

    By contrast, the war of 1861 – 1865 was between two separate sovereign nations, and the South, who only wanted independence, had no desire to invade the North or to seize control of Washington, D.C.

    The only reason Fort Sumter was fired upon was in reaction to President Lincoln secretly sending an armada enroute (which most histories neglect to mention).

    If the North had not invaded, there never would have been a war.

    All of those deaths were for nothing.

    By the way, I think it’s kind of a neat historical coincidence that – - –

    I have an ancestor who fought for the South during the Eighteen Sixties, during which the South was invaded by the North, and South eventually lost.

    Exactly one hundred years later, in the Nineteen Sixties, the Republic of Viet Nam is invaded by the North, I fight with the South, and eventually, the South loses the war.

    Nifty stuff, huh?

    Eeeee-Yaaaah-Haaaaaa!!!

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

    John Robert Mallernee on November 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      I am related by marriage to the architect city planner who lived in San Francisco, and for whom Grant Street is named.

      On the other side, I am related to the people (Jews) who started Emerson Electric.

      Jonathan Grant on November 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Totally correct, Jonathan. We should “fight” our enemies as little as possible, and DESTROY them as much as possible. I fail to understand the nedd to consider civilian casualties in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Scumbags all.

    And to Mr. Ball—thank you. I really admire Pastor Hagee.

    Occam's Tool on November 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I_AM_ME and Jonathan: You are both right. They start it, we finish it with extreme prejudice. Every other bombing or missle attack drop white rags so they have no excuse for not surrendering. Then, no frigging nation building.

A sweet widow of a WWII veteran called the Frank Beckman show this morning and Beckman asked her to read a paragraph from her husband’s memoir. I can’t remember the exact words, but it was something like, “Hitler, we’re coming to get you”. Like my Veteran Iraq War Marine son told me, “Allah, we’re coming to get you.” So tragic that they aren’t allowed to utilize their training to do just that.

MarkF. on November 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Debbie – those pictures do bear re-posting.

Thanks to all vets out there.

Road Warrior on November 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

It is so sad that no president of recent history has learned the lessons of Thomas Jefferson. You do not appease Muslims. Jefferson thoroughly obliterated the Barbary pirates(Muslimsn).
Nor would Jefferson, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk have allowed a mosque to be built in this country. By the way, Marin Van Buren was from Pennsylvania.
Our U.S. foreign policy has been one of ass kissing instead of having our ass kissed.
Prior to 1860, any worshipping of Lucifer would have been met with a public hanging.
My salute to all veterans and those in Our Armed Forces.

Confederate South on November 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Great writings Debbie and god bless you’re late father for serving in Vietnam (H.L. Schlussel MD) and you’re great-uncle for serving in the second world war (Maurice Schlussel). DS and everybody else, if we didn’t win WWII, some of the population in this country wouldn’t exist!

Now to the draft-dodgers, shame on Ted Nugent for skipping the draft during the Vietnam era and others who skipped the draft at that time. And shame on Sean Hannity for defrauding military families with his so-called “Freedom Concert” scams, and ironically there were NO Freedom Concerts this past summer nor they will NONE next summer either, because the charity is nothing but a sham and a slush-fund, and why hasn’t the Freedom Alliance been investigated for cheating and defrauding military families?

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on November 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Great post Debbie. Your dad was a very good man. I can imagine how much you miss him.

lookaroundu on November 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Every time I see a young service member or vet I feel like our hero Houston James, these are our precious sons & daughters who all give something & some gave all for us. As a Viet Nam Era vet(served in West Germany)I salute all of you & your families.

A_Zion_State_0'mind on November 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Greetings:

Years ago, when I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, and later, when I lived in Saint Anthony, Idaho, Veterans Day was always a very special time.

I would dress up in my Sunday-go-to-meetin’ suit, with all my medals properly arranged on my chest, and march in the parade.

After the parade, we would all go to the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for a free meal of hot chili and hot chocolate.

In Saint Anthony, Idaho, our parade down Main Street would end in the park, for a solemn ceremony at the statue of a World War I doughboy.

Back in those days, we strictly observed tradition.

Veterans Day was ALWAYS on the Eleventh of November, and all parades and/or ceremonies began at EXACTLY 1100 Hours, and not a minute sooner or later.

That’s because we commemorate the ARMISTICE of 1918, which took effect at the Eleventh Hour on the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.

But, what is happening today?

Here in Mississippi, they’re having the Veterans Day parade TOMORROW, on the TWELFTH of November.

Here at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, we’re having a “Community Day”, and the flag ceremony was at 1000 Hours.

So, our American traditions are continuing to be quashed and relegated to the dusty, forgotten archives of ancient history.

Even my chosen faith, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, has ignored our historic tradition by having the SAINTS AT WAR CONFERENCE on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah begin at 1000 Hours.

My most memorable Veterans Day event was in Salt Lake City, Utah during a snowstorm.

At the last minute, due to the weather, the parade was cancelled.

But, we veterans ignored the officially announced cancellation and, promptly at 1100 Hours, began marching down the middle of Main Street, forcing vehicle traffic to stop or make way.

What could the police do?

It would be too embarrassing to arrest a bunch of decorated war veterans marching down the street on Veterans Day, so the police did the only thing they could do, which was to quickly halt and reroute traffic, and then escort us through the entire designated parade route.

That night, on the television news, I saw the same thing had happened in Colorado with the veterans there also refusing to be kept from marching in their parade by a mere blizzard.

So, where are our local veterans organizations today?

Aren’t they the ones who are responsible for educating the public and preserving our heritage?

These are my thoughts.

What are yours?

Do you think I’m making something out of nothing by my insistence that Veterans Day activities continue to begin at the Eleventh Hour on the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month?

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on November 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for remembering us on your site DS.

If “W”‘s daddy had done the right thing in the 90′s, we may never have had to go back to Iraq. We should have ignored the a-holes at the UN and just plowed thru Iraq, totally destroying the army and taking out Saddam.

Jarhead on November 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Thanks Debbie! As a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words

Spearheadsgt on November 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Debbie, your Veterans Day postings are written straight from the heart, extremely moving and if ever a picture is worth a thousand words, these are. The impact of the most terrible events in history and the human experience should be passed from generation to generation, never to be forgotton.

The Schlussel family left a golden legacy, to be truly proud of, and I doff my hat.

‘A man lives for as long as we carry him inside us, for as long as we carry the harvest of his dreams, for as long as we ourselves live, holding memories in common, a man lives.’
Anon.
From across the pond, I must not let this moment pass, as we too honour and remember those that fought for freedom. Max Hastings’ book on Winston Churchill reveals a man of immense strength whose leadership and inspirational speeches spurred the troops, like no other. The Nobel Prize for Literature 1953 was awarded to Winston Churchill “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”.

Churchill’s mother was American and his father was British but above all, he was a world leader of substance. So it was with much disappointment that the nu-WH incumbent returned the Jacob Epstein bust of Churchill to England. A slap in the face, really. However, a few weeks later this same nu-WH incumbent was awarded the Nobel prize for Peace. Just take a look at the world since he’s had his butt in that chair and the words flowing from the teleprompter have done zilch to lift the mood of the country.

In 1944 20 year olds were ‘giving everything’, in 2011 20 year olds are ‘wanting everything’, and all with the support of the President & George Soros. Soldiers of yester year had little or no pay, almost no food, and many of them didn’t have shoes or blankets (or iPhones or iPads) … surviving IN BLIZZARD conditions against the most powerful army in the world at the time.
The sacrifice by soldiers for their country can never be fully repaid. They are truly ‘noble’men and women. Those OWS idiots and no-goodniks should be ashamed of themselves and their parents for bringing them up so badly.

Eyes Wide Open on November 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

God Bless all of our Veterans. I get humbled and teary when I think of their sacrifice. I am so grateful and thankful!

Skunky on November 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Thank you for your post Debbie. I would also like to thank all who have served and who continue to serve.(U.S. Army medic 1989-1994)

Angela04 on November 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

The Following Passage is from Pastor John Hagee

I want you to close your eyes and picture in your mind the soldier at Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in his bloody hands. He stands barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food, wounded from months of battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from his family. He stands though, with fire in his eyes and victory on his breath. He looks at us now in anger and disgust and tell us this:

I gave you a birthright of freedom born in the Constitution and now you children graduate too illiterate to read it.

I fought in the snow barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and you stay at home because it rains.

I left my family destitute to give you freedom of speech and you remain silent on critical issues, because it might be bad for business.

I orphaned my children to give you a government to serve you and it has stolen democracy from the people.

It is the soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the press

It is the soldier not the campus organizer who allows you to demonstrate.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose coffins is draped with the flag that allows the protestor to burn the flag!!!

Lord hold your troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our lord and Savior. Amen.

Don Ball on November 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm

G-d bless all the Veterans who served the United States Military, including Debbie’s relatives and all of those readers here who have served.

JeffE on November 13, 2011 at 12:24 am

THANKS TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES & ALLIED COUNTRIES
THANKS DEBBIE

MEYER APFELDORF on November 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Seeing those pictures touches my heart deeply. And it enrages me that so many people are selling out the freedoms these men fought for, for good deals with Mooslime sheikhs, for appeasing Mooslime immigrants who kick everyone else’s rights with their nasty feet.
Sad images, and sympathy for them within the population is fading with leftist propaganda that even spews hatred agains them as if they were criminals.

MarcelJ on November 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

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