The United States Army was established June 14, 1775. Former Senator Max Cleland was born Aug. 24, 1942 and he served in The United States Army from 1965-1968.
Serving in Vietnam he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star/V device (Valor) and a Purple Heart (loosing limbs).
The United States Navy was established Oct. 13, 1775. Senator John Mccain was born Aug. 29, 1936. He served in the United States Navy from 1958-1981.
Serving in Vietnam he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart being shot down in 1967 and remained a POW until 1973. He refused to be released early for political reasons, because of a code veterans share.
The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776.
The United States of America was established June 14, 1777.
Without soldiers or sailors there would not be a United States of America or flag.
What is a veterans code?
Elected and appointed officials decide when, who and where we go to war. Generals and admirals devise a plan. Other high ranking officers say move out. Then the soldiers and sailors say follow me and they go because of the code they share for it’s about the man on his left and the man on his right, it’s not for flag or country.
They don’t know if they will be captured, loose limbs, or have hidden injuries (PTSD) or die. If you vilify a veterans who loose limbs or become captured, what do you think of the veterans who are buried in a local community cemetery or Arlington?
Was Senator McCain or former Senator Cleland respected?
Was there outrage?
Are veterans only remembered on Veterans or Memorial Day?
What happens after those days?
We veterans serve 24/7, 365 days a year.
People say, “Thank you for your service.“
When can a veteran say, "America, thank you for your support?"
1 SG Ret U.S. Army Phillip R. Pruitt