Was a big hesitant to post this. But, here goes. Go shake a veterans hand and say thanks. It means more than you will know. ] WW2 and Korea (the forgotten war) vets are getting quite old. Vietnam (the ignored war) vets are now senior citizens. The middle east vets are still young, but still need to hear a well done. My war, Vietnam, was a helicopter war. It is the one sound that stirs all VN vets. I always look up when a chopper flies over. The helicopter crews would daily put themselves in harms way. It was routine. They were on call 24-7. We called, they came. I was a medic on a helicopter firebase. I once had a patient that needed a medivac. Two off duty pilots responded. I met them at the flight line. There were four Hueys, but none cleared to fly. The pilot says this one is good enough. It wouldn't start. On to a second. At the third we jump started it off of the ambulance. In a couple minutes we were ready to go. Backing that tall military ambulance away from under the flailing blades was certainly an experience. We flew away without a crew, only the pilots. The crew chief and gunner are the rear eyes of a chopper. All the pilots had was me, without a microphone, and a patient in the back. We made the trip wilthout incident, but how many edges did these guys push, on a safe mission. We didn't think about it much at the time. It was what needed to be done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=F_gJTsRSd38 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq0vFuIcOac&feature=related The Music.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1zBG2TEjn4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQcuiAG3_vI And, it continues. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSzeM50B8hI&NR=1&feature=endscreen I was on duty at the Unkown for a cerimony in 68. I was not in the Old Guard, I was there with an ambulance. Do attend if you get the chance. If you can witness this and not have a lump in your throat, you are a hard SOB. Tip...Park at Andrew Rader Army Clinic and walk across Arlington Cemetary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=-XiuZRb_4UU&feature=endscreen Don't feel sorry for me, I had a good tour. I did nothing that haunts me. And yet, I still have some anger issues. So go shake the hand of an old Vietnam Vet. They will growl, but it means something, even if it is a few decades late. They are carrying a lot of baggage.