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Blog entry by Jim Earl posted 11-16-2013 08:12 PM 1488 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have been watching surprises on Soldiers surprising there Wife, Family., Mother’s, Girlfriends and I started thinking about my welcome home. I am not looking for any sympathy or anything but mine was not anything like that what I watched. I waited two hours at the airport for my wife to, show up, and when she did she didn’t even get out of the car, or say h,i Boo, or—————-, sorry, but that’s the first time I thought about that in a long time. I had to shut the program off, I have never h ad to do that, I always was happy for all the veterans. I wish all the hope of happiness to all servicemen, veterans, to all service personnel. I had to get out to the shop to keep burning. but the more I burned the more I kept thinking about that day and so I started this Blog./ My Hats OFF to all you service personnel. That was 38 years ago, Sorry to say that marriage didn’t last any longer. than my tour over seas. Any how I have remarried, and I will have my 35 years anniversary the 8th of next month. Just had to get this off my chest.

-- Jim Earl

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#1 posted 11-16-2013 08:44 PM

Welcome home brother! My hubby of 30 years had an equally underwhelming return from Viet Nam. Sometimes seems like nothing brings back the bad memories and disappointments. Vent away. Glad you are here and feel able to open up.
Again, welcome home!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 09:00 PM

A lot of good men went through what you did through no fault of their own.
I am in your generation and truly appreciate the sacrifice you made for your country.
Thanks brother.

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 09:07 PM

Thank you all for your comments, I don’t usually have flash backs like this but when I do they really knock me for a loop… and I never think of my X-wife, that was another lifetime and another world. I tried for PTSD and they said most of it was problems I have now with my family . They don’t see the times we go through when it pops in and out. Again Thank You

-- Jim Earl

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 09:07 PM

I, and many others who served in Vietnam, experienced the same sort of thing. Wife divorced me during my last tour, liberals hated us, etc, etc, etc. It just wasn’t a good time to be serving our country, I guess. But that was just the way it was, back then. I’m just happy that the people who are serving now are getting the support they deserve. That’s the way it should be.
Semper Fi.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#5 posted 11-16-2013 09:21 PM

Back then as you said it was a different time. It wasn’t anyone’s time to be in the Service. I was setting oiff the coast of VietNam when I got my Dear John Letter, We hadn’t gotten any mail in two weeks and that when it first hit. “Dear Jim, I want a Divorce”, No one can know what that does to a Man until it’s done to them. I hadn’t thought of those days in a long time, until today, usually I enjoy seeing those happy moments with servicemen and women, they deserve it. I can’t remember which one it was But I was watching them and all of a sudden had to shut it off. Never had to do hat before. I’ll call my VA counselor Mondayand talk to him.
OK Thanks For being there for a Vet. SEMPER FI Med. Ret. Sgt. James Earl


-- Jim Earl

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#6 posted 11-16-2013 09:35 PM

Definitely talk to someone at the VA; they actually do help. Yes, I understand that it’s now 35-40 years after you came home, but the things inside are still there — they just don’t pop out as often as they once did. I have no idea what kind of a mess I’d be without the VA and I’m glad I don’t have to find out. Go see them: they do help.
Semper Fi, brother.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#7 posted 11-17-2013 12:00 AM

I will say, Thank you, and welcome home. I appreciate every minute you wore our uniform. God bless you and your family. Carry on, Jim. You’re a good man

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 11-17-2013 12:06 AM

Jim, you have done us all proud for serving our country.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 11-17-2013 03:02 PM

Jim, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You did your part at a time when it wasn’t appreciated and you should be proud that you stood up and met your obligations. I too was in the service during that time and have trouble when I see the tributes now. One year went to the free lunch at Applebee’s and was overwhelmed by the treatment. Also visited our local high school tribute on Veteran’s day and was amazed at the program.

-- Kepy

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#10 posted 11-18-2013 02:09 AM

Ditto to all the above comments
My time was spent in a Hospital setting( Denver) caring for those comming back…
Cushy to a say the least.
My hats off to those who served.
TNX again

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#11 posted 11-18-2013 06:18 AM


You are most welcome to drop any time! and you can try this.

If you are game!!

I gave it a shake, its actually still got beer in it !!

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 11-18-2013 06:13 PM

All of you are more than Welcome, and I take my many hats off to all of you for your time in the service, and for the sacrifice you too paid at when our country call you up. Many of us paid the ultimate sacrifice and never got to come home to there families, My Deepest Regrets and Thank All the Parents, Wife’s, Children and all other family and friend for your servicemen or service woman. I am proud of the operation I perform in the Marine Corps at the time of Operation Eagle Pull and Operation Frequent Wind, during the period of April and May of 1975. There is no doubt that I would do it all again if I had to and to bring out any civilian and Military person that was left behind. I take pride I was involved in those operations.. I never regretted the time I spent in the Marine Corps, but I do regret having to take a Medical After my bout with a problem I acquired after I returned from Viet Nam. Still today I wish I could of continued my enlistment and served time of 20 – 30 years. Thank You all for all your kind and helpful words. With many respects to you all James L. Earl

-- Jim Earl

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