Veteran’s Day


Q: Who is a Veteran?

A ‘Veteran’ — whether active duty, honorably discharged, retired, or reserve — is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for an amount of ‘up to, and including his life

Me..50 pounds ago.


Has it been a year already since my last Veteran’s Day post? If you know a Veteran, please reach out to them and thank them for sacrificing time and money to defend the stars and stripes.

Why time? Well…Most people work Mon through Friday 9am to 5pm. Military life is not like that at all. From the soldier on the front lines to the cook in the galley to the Navy Seal Sniper, all service members sacrifice time with their families to stand a watch, cook biscuits or take head shots on enemy officers.

Why money? Our military is grossly underpaid. Sure you have housing paid for, but the amount of money left over at the end of the month in a servicemen’s paycheck is not enough. It is no coincidence that there are tons of pawn shops near military installations.  If they did the same job in the civilian world, the pay scale would be alot different.

LHD-5 crest

Image via Wikipedia

I served on the USS Bataan (LHD-5) in the US Navy as an Intelligence Specialist from 1996-2000.  Click here to find out what the hell an Intelligence Specialist is.




At sea with USS Bataan (LHD-5) Jul. 17, 1999 —...

USS Batann (LHD-5)


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So please take two seconds out and thank a Veteran today.


14 Comments on “Veteran’s Day”

  1. Mom says:

    Thank you Brian


  2. Brian, its been several years since our own son came home from the Navy after serving on the USS Abe Lincoln. I am so grateful for his service , I am so grateful for yours. I am so grateful for ALL our service men and women. Thanks for the great blog.


  3. Jeanmarie says:

    A-MEN Bro-ham. Thanks Brian. And Thank you for a great post. So proud you served and still serving in a civilian world.


  4. Me says:

    you forgot to mention, that you are a proud “plank owner”


  5. ChopperPapa says:

    Thanks dude, seriously!

    Nice post!


  6. Jeanmarie says:

    huh? What’s a Plank Owner?


  7. Will says:

    Thanks brother. Great pics.


  8. john says:

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages


  9. I week or so late, but Hubby and I thank ye from the bottom of our hearts.

    We also thank ye for having to work in close proximity to the OWS crowd. Oy!


  10. shoes says:

    Those are some amazing photos and powerful words. Thank you for your service.


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