Military veterans are the largest “brotherhood” in the United States today. Combined, we represent a mighty force that doesn’t back down from a challenge, and manages to survive the worst. The scars and bruises may show, or may be internalized, but we earned them in the name of freedom.

The American veteran has traveled a long and tortuous route. The path began in the numbing cold of Valley Forge. It took him to a fiery line of cotton bales at New Orleans, then to the Argonne forest and Omaha Beach, and the Pacific to places with exotic names like Okinawa or pathetic ones like Heartbreak Ridge. Again the path led to Southeast Asia . . . To the flat delta region, dense jungle mixed with rice paddies, and rugged mountains of South Vietnam.


The men who fought in these wars were often ordinary, undistinguished from their neighbors until the day came when the crisis of battle lifted them to the heights of valor.

The majority of veterans understood the need for their service: they loved both freedom and their country. They understood — and still understand — that freedom has a price tag. It is not free; it must be earned by each generation, or it will perish.


As Thomas Paine put it: “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

In my fiction books, I have tried to show how war impacts each man or woman in different ways. No one comes home from a war unchanged. Like Joe, Ugly, Silent Sam, Spence Gilbertson or Army Nurse Debra Dupree, each veteran deals with the after-effects in their own way, and shouldn’t be held up to some all-encompassing judgement. Americans—including our own government officials– should work to understand their actions, not judge or categorize.

Our veterans are a source of pride in our nation, and exemplify the kind of dedication and sacrifice needed for safeguarding freedom.

Remember them, and their contributions to the cause of freedom, not only on Veterans’ Day, but for all the years of our lives.



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22 Responses to VETERAN’S DAY MESSAGE 2015

  • Right on Roadblock 1%er! God bless those who have served and are serving.
    Corporal Dickie Duncan USMC Ret.

  • Right on RoadBlock 1%er, thanks for posting this and we will ALL keep fighting the good fight.

  • Thank you for your service.

  • Nice message RB, thanks for your service and for the message.

    82nd Abn Div

  • Thanks for sharing your artical my brother veteran. Mobile Inshore Undersea warfare Unit.

  • As always Roadblock a great read and wisdom to your words. Much respect!

  • Thanks Roadblock 1%er for all your info & thanks to those who fought for our freedom.

  • Great article RB thanks for your service.

  • Beautiful…heartbreaking..such powerful prayers for all the vets..and always for you, RB!!!

  • Thanx, RoadBlock…..All Vets are heros…..You may never know the story of the man riding with you….he keeps a lot inside, but he has been there…..and, he won…….

  • Thank you for you continued care and love for our Veterans, many of which are also our Brothers on 2 wheels.

  • Thank you for service. Excellent article to be given to celebrate Veterans Day.

  • Just Stay

    A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.
    Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, the man dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.
    The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.

    Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night. Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

    Finally, the nurse returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her. “Who was that man?” he asked. The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered. “No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.” “Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?” “I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.” I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s Name? The nurse with tears in her eyes answered, “Mr. William Grey………….

    The next time someone needs you … just be there. Stay.


  • Road Block 1%, thank you for your service and for your support of the troops. You always manage to capture the very soul of the situation and bring into the light of day for all to see. SEMPER FI

  • Thank you for your service Roadblock 1% and support for our awesome military!!! US NAVY 1989-2009

    Doc Rose.

  • Good article RB 1%er….So often we forget. God Bless everyone of them!!

  • Welcome Home Brother…….

  • Thank you for your service Road Block. Served that position myself during basic training at Ft Bragg, NC, 12-1968 until 2-1969. To all that served in our military, Have a Happy Veterans Day.

  • Thank you for your service. LLH&R. Hugs

  • I grew up with my dad in this war & despite the country’s feeling towards this political cluster fuck, I enlisted in the USAF in ’72. I am the first F-4D model Phantom female jet mechanic. Proud to serve !

  • Thank brother from a fellow service member. Reading this got me a little watery eyed. Much LL&R!

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