Veteran and Military Nurses - page 2

I went up to WalMart this afternoon to pick up a prescription. Out front, like every Veteran's Day, the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) was selling Buddy Poppies. I always stop and buy one in honor... Read More

  1. by   NurseDennie
    Thanks to all the vets and service people!

    Here's hoping that the government will honor the pledge for lifetime health care benefits for career military!


  2. by   radarfirs
    I wish just to say thanks for all the great notes stated to us veterans, from an Old Salt (USN/USMC Vet 19yrs). It really makes me feel good that there are colleagues that do appreciate us.

    I am also wondering about these puppy buddies? I have never seen them. Are they like those beannie babbies, except are a military mascot?

    Charlie Golf One (Standing by ready to assist ...)
  3. by   Grace Oz
    Amen to all the above!!
    It's REMEMBERANCE DAY here in Australia tomorrow,
    11/11/02. We also buy & wear the red poppy flower in our lapel as a sign of rememberance of those who served, fought & died for our country. I think the origin of wearing the poppy comes from France, or perhaps the actual poppy flower originates from France??... I'll make enquiries, I really SHOULD know!! :imbar
    My S/O served 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy, is a Vietnam vet, he's now retired.
    Number one, & only, son, is presently serving. Guess who's a proud Mum??!!
    As we say here in Oz...
    ... LEST WE FORGET ...

    Thanks to all who served & to our ( AUSTRALIAN) allies. Especially our AMERICAN mates.
    Cheers from "Down Under"...
    Grace :kiss
  4. by   Youda
    Hi, radarfirs!

    am also wondering about these puppy buddies?
    A Buddy Poppy is a small silk poppy made by the Disabled American Veterans to help veterans. They are sold for whatever donation you care to make. My current avatar (the little picture to the left) is what they look like. Here's a link to tell you more about them, their history, and what is done with the donations.
  5. by   Youda
    the wearing of poppies to remember those lost in wars was inspired by the poem written by john mccrae entitled in flanders fields. it has since become an international symbol of our brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for country (no matter what country that may have been).

    in flanders fields

    by john mccrae

    in flanders fields the poppies blow
    between the crosses, row on row
    that mark our place; and in the sky
    the larks, still bravely singing, fly
    scarce heard amid the guns below.

    we are the dead. short days ago
    we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    loved and were loved, and now we lie
    in flanders fields.

    take up our quarrel with the foe:
    to you from failing hands we throw
    the torch; be yours to hold it high.
    if ye break faith with us who die
    we shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    in flanders fields.
  6. by   Grace Oz
    Thanks YOUDA, for your link on the poppies.
    The RSL ( Returned Services League) here in Australia sell the poppies in the same way your people do. The money raised goes towards helping the veterans.
    I kNEW France had a significant role in the evolution of the poppy!
    Reading the link you provided & the mention in the article of "Flanders Field", jolted my memory.
    I usually attend the local service every year & just LOVE it. The local primary school conduct an excellent service, attended by the RSL & the local MP ( member of Parliament) other "dignitaries" & veterans & local people. The service has really grown over the years & is receiving wide acknowledgement for it's excellent presentation. The numbers of people attending has increased enormously. Pleasing to see.
    Unfortunately, I'm on call for an "early" tomorrow & might not get to attend this year if I get a shift.
    Again, thanks for the link to the poppy story. You saved me the trouble!
  7. by   Youda
    Thank you, Grace!
    I didn't realize how "international" the poppy symbol was until your post. There's something very comforting and uniting to know that many people from other nations, as well as my own, honor their veterans.
  8. by   cbs3143
    Thank You Youda and the rest of the posters.

    Thank You also to our fellow veterans of the various branches of the US military, and the military forces of our allies, particularly Britain and Australia, our closest allies.

    I was active Army from 1974 through 1977 as a 91B, Medical Specialist. After being discharged, I joined the National Guard and retired as a Nurse Corps officer several years ago. We appreciate the warm thoughts.

  9. by   okihusker
    Thanks for your support. :-) I am a nurse in the Navy stationed over seas.
  10. by   JonRN
    Thanks for the welcome back!! I was in the US Army 7 1/2 years and served in VN for 10 months. Got out on disablity secondary to an injury received in combat. 20% service-connected. If you go to the WalMart, and bring a pic of you in uniform, they will take it and make copies and post them for free!!! They will make you a nice badge of the pic to wear on Veteran's Day, all for free. My wife's dad was in WWI, her bro was in VN, my daughter was in Desert Storm. They made copies and hung them up together. Wonderful people. Plus the free dinner Mon. night at Golden Corral. Beats the hell outta getting spit on and called baby killer.

    Pappy 91C......1st Air Cav,,,,,the First Team.......Garry Owen (song of the 7th Cav)
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Thanks from a 10-year Air Force veteran and her Still-Active-Duty husband who has served faithfully thru 16 years, both in Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom.......The thanks are appreciated!
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    It was a sense of duty and honor that I enlisted in the USMC back in 1983. The change is forever. During that time, I would have laid my life down to save any of my fellow Marines in a heartbeat.

    I bow and give the maximum respect to the honor of those who did lay down their entire life, and their memory and spirit I keep.

  13. by   911fltrn
    United States Marine Corps! Founded 227 years ago today Nov. 10 Salute to the men and woman who have given their life for our country! Once a marine always a marine! Semper Fi!