November 11, 2012, - 2:35 pm

Every Day is Veterans Day – Without Them, We Wouldn’t Be Here

By Debbie Schlussel

While today we honor our American veterans for the service they gave to this country, it’s something we should do every single day. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. And we certainly wouldn’t be free. Every day, I try to remember, recognize, and honor those who served. 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 stuck as colonists, slaves to Great Britain. Or we would be saluting Hitler’s grandson, and I and my people wouldn’t exist. Without our veterans and their service, today we might be forcibly wearing burqas and keffiyehs, right now. Despite all of their efforts, our dhimmi politicians, media, college professors, and Hollywood wackos would have us be in that position right now. Still, we certainly wouldn’t be free to say and do as we please, today, without our military. Without our brave men in uniform, there would be no First or Second Amendment and without those, no America. No freedom to speak of. 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. Ever.

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)


Wounded American Marine Salutes President Reagan’s Casket

This year, since Veteran’s Day falls on a Sunday, it’s easy to forget that this day is different from other Sundays, that without our veterans, Sunday might be a day of forced labor like any other under tyranny. It wouldn’t be the casual, lazy day that it is for most Americans. And it’s easy for forget that it’s veterans day. But we all need to take some time out–even if it is just a moment of silence or reflection–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 as with all Veterans Days, I recognize and remember all of those who served, living and dead. As always on this day, I remember my own father, H.L. Schlussel, M.D., a U.S. Army veteran who served during Vietnam, and 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, an “undisclosed location in Asia,” and found himself in many other similar “paradises” I’d never wanna visit nor would you.


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.

I hope that on the next Veterans Day our soldiers are home from Afghanistan where they were sent not to do what they do best: fight wars and get out. Instead, they are still there, dying in the name of handing out candy to and building roads for those who hate us and want to destroy us. Every day, more American soldiers are murdered there because we didn’t have the guts to fight a real war, just like in Vietnam and Iraq. We should have dropped bombs, destroyed things and killed people, installed our own preferred pro-American Shah-like dictator, and then got the heck out. It’s the only thing they understand there.

Ditto for the War in Iraq. I’m 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. And we completed the Shi’ite crescent, giving an edge to the Shi’ite revival and revolution. We should have done the same thing in Iraq that we should have done in Afghanistan: dropped bombs, destroyed things and killed people, installed our own pro-American Shah-like dictator, and then got out.

Had we done that, we would have thousands more Americans and their families celebrating Veterans Day today, instead of being remembered and cried over on Memorial Day.

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 masterminded by disgraced former General and CIA Director David Petraeus, 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.

Yes, freedom is costly. Sometimes too costly, because we are fighting for it for the wrong people, those who hate us. Nonetheless, our soldiers bravely dedicate the time in their lives that they serve to preserving everything that all of us have today. 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.

Jewish-American Soldiers Pray at Goebbels’ House in Germany (See My Other Cool, Inspiring Photos of Jewish Soldiers Praying at Normandy, Etc.) . . .

Pfc. Abraham Mirmelstein (left) of Newport News, VA holds the Torah scroll as Capt Manual M. Poliakoff (center) and Corp. Martin Willien, cantor, both of Baltimore conduct Jewish prayer services at Schloss Rheydt, the castle home of Dr. Josef Paul Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister, in Munchen Gladbach, Germany. The services, held in memory of soldiers of the Jewish faith who died in the drive to the Rhine, were the first held east of the Roer River in Germany. The photo was taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1945 or ’46.


As usual on this day, I also send a message to 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 hack “conservatives” like Sean Vannity and the FOX News gang.

When will those who pretend to be patriots stand up and stop their worshipping of this fraud who is no patriot, except to his ego and his band account?

To all of our REAL heroes–our veterans, 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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16 Responses

A minute to thank all those I served with who are not with us any longer. My brothers, I loved you and respected you when we were together, and those emotions are still alive today. For those who I still see and correspond with, chin up! We will always be brothers. G-d bless you all!

Kent on November 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

To our veterans past present and future. I salute you and it has been an honor being part of the greatest fighting force on the planet. To our present day armed forces. May the Lord bless and keep you all safe as you defend this great nation from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

Ken b on November 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I salute all the veterans and also those that are currently enlisted in our armed forces. To them we are eternally thankful.

Their personal sacrifices have ensured our safety and freedom.

Only God knows what hardships they have to endure in the battlefields on behalf of Americans at home.

May their lives be filled with joy, good health, prosperity, and contentment.

BroncOhBummer on November 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I too salute all of America’s veterans – past and present.

As for Debbie’s message, if America is now all about “nation-building,” then why can’t America BUILD a new nation for all of its productive citizens to flee to? I mean, wouldn’t it be cool to send a couple of brigades down to South America to topple Hugo Chavez’s regime? Once he was securely planted in the ground, they could relocate half the people there and then invite any Americans opposed to Obamunism to emigrate to the NEW New Frontier. Give them one year to train and equip their own military, and then pull the U.S. military out.

Obama’s enablers SAY they’d love to see such people go away; this’d be an amazing opportunity for them to prove it. Needless to say, it’d take about 6 weeks for this new nation to pass up the U.S. as THE economic superpower of the world.

Status--Monkey on November 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

honor all veterans


the disabled
the pows
and those who made
the supreme sacrifice

honor them
the muslim imposter in the white house won’t

a military takeover of the current
illegitimate regime
is clearly called for and
constitutionally lawful

prestigio on November 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Thanks Debbie for another great article. My father in law fought in Burma and it was a miracle he returned home. He was a true hero in my eyes.

And on the subject of Ted Nugent, I agree, he is nothing but a big p—y.

Lars on November 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Cool that you used a photo of Mark Graunke. He was one of the original recipients of a grant from the Fallen Patriot Fund. Good kid.

Brian Cuban on November 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Every year I ask this same question: teachers, students, bank and government employees get the day off but the Veterans have to show up for work and take up the slack. Why don’t Vets get the day off? I’m not a Vet and I’m not asking for some free time but dang it, we can’t even give these folks who have done so much for us a day to themselves? I know there’s no way to pay them back for what they have done but come on, eight freakin’ hours of pay, any decent employer should cover that. No one deserves it more.

theShadow on November 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

A salute to all American Veterans!
My father was a WWII Veteran who served in the Manhattan Project.
My boyfriend was a Captain in the Air Force who served in Vietnam.
It is tragic that Veteran’s needs are not being met-jobs and health care for Veterans should be a priority.

PaulaMalka on November 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

As a ’69 USMC veteran: Thank you Debbie and this site’s readers for your warm regards and remembrances. In return, we took an oath. I don’t think that oath ever expires. There are millions of us. We still stand at the ready. Don’t sweat those ayatollahs, liberolahs or anyone else …foreign or domestic. They’ll have to get through us to get to you. I promise!

JRay on November 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

It is unfortunate that Petraeus’s disgraceful conduct came to light during the Veterans Day weekend. He has disgraced the memories and tradition of the honorable veterans highlighted in your post, and all the others who have served this country with distinction.

While it is appropriate to expose his disgusting activities, I wonder whether it is a coincidence that this happened during the VA Day weekend. We know that our President despises the military, and wants to cut the military budget drastically. Is it possible that this disclosure was timed to achieve the maximum damage to military traditions?

Little Al on November 12, 2012 at 8:06 am

DebbIe, everyday for me is Veterans/Memorial Day. I served in the Marine Corps for 10 years and though I have been out of the Marines for 12 years. I still shed a tear for my brothers that died while I was in service or the ones that died after I left. Personally, if I was President Obama( dictator in the making) I would by executive order give the day of to those who truly served or are currently serving. Both Memorial Day and Veterans Day be for only veterans or current military personal and no one else. Seems that many people now associate Veterans/Memorial Day as some big sale at the department stores. Even though the Corps is being force to be PC, I still salute the men and yes the women ( that do not use their internal plumbing to their advantage) who serve the Marine Corps honorably. Anyway Semper Fi to my fellow Marines fomrer and currently serving plus Happy Birthday to them since the Marine Corp is on November 10, one day before Veterans Day.

Mario on November 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

i served with the 101st airborne in 1968 viet nam and am a disabled vet.i joined the paratroopers because i want to be like my uncle bob who was one of the first paratroopers with the 82nd airborne.the 82nd was the division that sgt.york served in during WWI1.he never talked about ww11 until i came home and asked him if the nightmares would go away he said no.bob told me about war time england and some of the battles he fought in like sicily and normandy.on the normany jump he exited his burning plane into a fourth of july night.bob got separated from his company during the battle in hedge row country.bob climbed up on to a hedge row to look around when a german tank came down the road any one else would have hid and let the tank go by.not bob jumped from the hedge row onto the tank where he shot the driver with his pistol,then emptied it into the tank killing every one inside he j8umped off as the tank went off the road.after that a half track full of gemans came by and he threw a grenade into the back then shot the driver with hid tommy gun.he knocked out two more half tracks full of germans then put the survivors up in the hedge row with him.then he heard more tanks coming and thought he was going to be killed for sure but it was american tanks so bob herded 18 captive germans on to the road.bob asked the major if he could take these prisoner off his hands but when the major in the lead tank said no bob pulled back the cocking leaver on his empty tommy gun and threatened to shoot all of the germans . the tank major relented and said he would take the prisoners off bob’s that moment the major said look out be hind you, as bob turned to meet a new threat he saw a german officer who had been playing dead going for his pistol but bob gave man a two hander in the head with his tommy gun that killed the german.the major put my uncle bob in for the medal of honor but that ass hole col.krouse reduced it to a silver star and said that is what paratrooper are supposed to do krouse did not like bob because he was present when gen.gavin threaten to relieve krouse of command in sicily.bob was the bravest man i ever knew.

bruce on November 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Yesterday, it was Remembrance Day in Canada.

I served. I know. I remember.

If I were to live my life again, I would serve.

As long as we’re imperfect, as long as there is darkness, we need people who can serve and protect.

To my brothers and sisters who have served, are serving and will serve, as a former serviceman and son and grandson of resistance fighters, I thank you all.

The Reverend Jacques on November 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

If we really want to honor our troops, we should allow them to vote in the Presidential elections. Every election year, we hear the same story – the absentee ballots of the troops overseas are lost or delayed, thus preventing their votes from counting on election day. I heard this repeatedly in 2004 and we heard it again this year. I have stopped believing that this is an accident. It is more than a mere coincidence that this happens to the one group that would vote overwhelmingly Republican. This is a disgrace, especially after we pay such lip service to Veterans and Memorial Day.

We need to start a “Let the troops vote!” campaign now, instead of waiting for the next election when it will be too late.

salt1907 on November 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I would like to thank the veterans for giving us our freedom. One thing that bothered me in this article though, is that they only recognized men as veterans and said things like thank you to the men who have served our country, but I would like to remind you that many women have served our country to.

God bless veterans on November 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

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