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    Quick question: Veterans' Day

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    I'm trying to make a simple "Thank you" graphic for Veterans' Day. I've listed the five branches of service and six modern-day conflicts:

    WWII
    Korea
    VietNam

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    OIF

    If I leave out lesser known conflicts (like Bosnia and Mogadishu) am I being offensive? Is there a good way to encompass such events?
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    This is what I have right now:

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    I would probably leave off the wars if you're worried about causing offense, there are plenty of smaller conflicts that troops are involved in that happened between the big named wars.
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    I would leave off the conflicts and only put branches.
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    I agree with the others...just go with the branches
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    I don't want to do that, because several of the people close to me are VietNam era and have been forgotten far too long/often. I can't put "especially VN peeps" so by listing the conflicts, I'm trying to ensure they don't feel left out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunbeam View Post
    I don't want to do that, because several of the people close to me are VietNam era and have been forgotten far too long/often. I can't put "especially VN peeps" so by listing the conflicts, I'm trying to ensure they don't feel left out.
    But how are they forgotten? Desert Storm is the one I'd forget, never Vietnam. And what about those Vets that never deployed during those conflicts, are they still considered when listing them?
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    There are still some veterans from the Army-air corp.
    This was prior to the Air force as a separate branch, the Army provided all the planes and pilots.
    Then there is also the Grenada invasion.

    But really, I would not worry. People are going to understand, and if someone tells you you missed one, ask them about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missinghim View Post
    But how are they forgotten? Desert Storm is the one I'd forget, never Vietnam. And what about those Vets that never deployed during those conflicts, are they still considered when listing them?
    I don't want to turn this into a debate, but I am honestly surprised to read this. Many texts (I recommend Odysseus in America by Dr. Jonathan Shay) document the ongoing turmoil VN veterans have experienced because they were asked to reintegrate into society, keep their heads low and their mouths closed, and not speak of combat or the challenges of service again.

    In recent years, the health issues caused by chemical exposure in particular have been a serious challenge for VN era vets. We have a friend whose cancer is almost assuredly due to Agent Orange, but the recognition of Agent Orange injury by the VA has been a brutal battle.

    For Vietnam veterans, injustice follows injury - Chicago Tribune

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    There are still some veterans from the Army-air corp.
    This was prior to the Air force as a separate branch, the Army provided all the planes and pilots.
    Then there is also the Grenada invasion.

    But really, I would not worry. People are going to understand, and if someone tells you you missed one, ask them about it.
    We actually live in a community where an Army Air Base was converted. It's been interesting to read about some elements of the history (we have a small museum and a local historian took me through it) - I can show you launch sites and storage for missiles. A couple years ago, some of the types of planes that flew the British blockade stopped here - amazing stuff, just amazing.

    Grenada is one that just perplexes me.

    Interested inquiry is probably a great way to respond if someone complains. I do think Cold War era veterans may have never seen conflict, but have challenges of their own due to their service.
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    The Cold War actually had well over 100 cryptologists and crew shot down and/or torpedoed and killed (shot down in surveillance planes, torpedoed in ships-- read about the USS Liberty or any of the planes shot down by the Russians). The Cold War wasn't cold for those who served in silence-- if you really want to talk about sacrifices that went unnoticed, check out the names on the NSA's National Cryptologic Memorial.
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