This is what we were yesterday, are today and will be forever!

A little something written from a Navy guy:

We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few
experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the
Military life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung
up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will
be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know
how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously,
still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at
the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a
lifetime of knowing.

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only
escaping the "job" and merely being allowed to leave "active" duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your
heart you never forget for one moment that "Blessed are the Peacemakers
for they shall be called children of God," and you are still a member of the
greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

Civilian Friends vs.. Veteran Friends

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a
week. VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will
happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you

Have cried with you.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.. VETERAN FRIENDS:
Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is
doing. VETERAN FRIENDS: Will kick the crowds' ass that left you behind.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while. VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences. .. VETERAN
FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had
enough. VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place
and say, "You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!!" Then carry
you home safely and put you to bed...

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk crap to the person who talks crap about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will knock them the hell out OF THEM..... for using
your name in vain.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this. VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve - is
someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to
"The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including my

From one Veteran to another, it's an honor to be in your Company.
Thanks to Joe Schwaab