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Happy Veterans Day

Since this is our first Veterans Day together, I’d like to hear from the OutKick vets who served the country. Share a little bit about your service in the comments. Add something you learned about life while serving. My wife and I were out on a drive over the weekend, and the conversation turned to VFW halls and their purpose these days. I was telling her about how the VFW 3288 in my small hometown of 5,000 residents was the heart of the community and where I learned at an early age to respect elders. It’s where my grandfather, who served in the Pacific during World War II, would take us to get lunch and chat with fellow vets. Before grandpa’s battle with diabetes, he might even have a pop with his breaded pork tenderloin that was the size of a dinner plate.

Soccer teams were sponsored by the VFW. Same with our baseball teams. If there was a need for new playground equipment, the vets would step up. Profits from those 75-cent drafts really added up over the years. If a vet was in the hospital, his/her name and room number went up on the information board. Calls were made around town to make sure people were ok. People watched out for one another. The ladies’ auxiliary stepped up with meals for those in need.

I’m sure you guys have your own stories. Mine is clearly not exclusive. It’s just my little slice of what I think about when Veterans Day rolls around. Today we say thanks to the veterans who have served as the backbone to this country and all it stands for.

“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations,” President Woodrow Wilson said to the nation on November 11, 1919.

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Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. 14 years, US Army. Career ending injuries sustaind abroad cut career short, elevating me to the place in life I am very happy to be. Biggest lifes lesson learned is not to ever take life for granted. Here today, gone tomorrow. What is most important are the lasting impacts you make onto others above those to youself.

  2. During my years in the Navy (1973-1979) we didn’t hear “Thank you for your service” very often. That speaks to the dedication and selflessness of those who served without the general support and recognition of the masses. This changed primarily with 9/11 and the following actions to combat terrorism. A shame it took such a tragic event to spur the public to open support of military personnel. I am gratified every time I hear those sentiments voiced now. It was if fact an honor to serve. By the way, those ladies look VERY nice in camo!

  3. 20 year USAF vet and counting; thank you Mr. Kinsey for the nice opening to your article. It is very much appreciated. To all the Veterans currently serving and those that served in the past…THANK YOU and Happy Veteran’s Day!

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