Veteran to Veteran

Veteran to Veteran

When a Veteran leaves the ‘job’ and retires to a

better life, many are jealous, some are pleased, and others,

who may have already retired, wonder if he knows what he is

leaving behind, because we already know.

1. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of

camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing

for those past times.

2. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which

lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the


3. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him

with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also

know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was

and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at

people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or

choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the

Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown

in a lifetime of knowing.

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life.

You are only escaping the ‘job’ and merely being

allowed to leave ‘active’ duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into

retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment

that you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the

world has ever known.

NOW! Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you’re too busy to talk

to them for a week.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will

happily carry on the same conversation you were having the

last time you met.

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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget

it’s yours.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give

it back.

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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from



CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that’s what

the crowd is doing.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will kick the crowd’s ass that left

you behind.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences…

VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no

citizen could ever dream of…


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think

you’ve had enough.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the

place and say, ‘You better drink the rest of that before

you spill it!’ Then carry you home safely and put you to


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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk crap to the person who talks

crap about you.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will knock the hell out OF THEM for

using your name in vain.


CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.


A veteran – whether active duty, retired, or reserve- is

someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check

made payable to ‘The Government of the United States of

America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including my


From one Veteran to another, it’s an honor to be in your company. Thank you

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