On Being a Veteran



On Being a Veteran


 Being a Veteran is being in service


First of all to our country and next to our


fellow Veterans.


Every Veteran has a story and it’s always


a story of sacrifice ~ for all of us have


sacrificed two, four or in my case seven years in


order to protect the fleet, our mission or our homeland and those


years are forever gone.


But those years are also filled with memories


Memories of camaraderie,


Memories of close friendships,


Memories of shared bonding in battle, in carrier operations or


under attack.


Many of us have been to the dark side and never returned to


the light.



Many of us cannot forget the horror of war and the memories still

haunt us.


Each of us, as Veterans, are proud we served our country and


we welcome the respect and care we receive at our VA clinics and


know, at the deepest level, that we are all brothers and sisters joined


by a common bond of sacrifice and service.


It’s an intangible bond but it’s there and I feel it strongly when


I meet another Veteran ~ particularly a disabled one.


It’s a sense of knowing and acknowledgement that goes beyond


words but resonates in the soul ~


We Served.

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About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].

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