My Fellow Veterans

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For all those who have ever done field KP in an MKT hundreds of miles from civilization

To those who still get chills during roll call at memorial services

If you’ve ever donned your protective mask praying you are just fast enough

To all of you who’ve ever boarded a plane wondering if you were ever coming home

And have endured brutal extremes on both ends of the spectrum

Who have known the exhausting satisfaction of loading a fleet of vehicles on planes and trains and ships

Out of necessity, learned to sleep anywhere…anytime

When the smell of gunpowder never grows old

Who have proudly watched the American flag wave high over many lands

All of those who have said our final good byes to the fallen at austere ramp ceremonies

To those that have fought for everyone else’s freedom…I salute each and every one of you

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