Veterans, a Grateful Nation Salutes You

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served in the armed forces and sacrificed to preserve the United States of America as the greatest nation in the history of the world. 

On Friday, Hugh Hewitt took a welcome break from politics and devoted the entirety of his three-hour show to the Semper Fi Fund, a charitable organization devoted to aid the recovery of our wounded warriors, primarily (but not exclusively) Marines. If you didn’t chance to hear the show and Mr. Hewitt’s inspiring interviews with some of those whom the Semper Fi Fund has helped, the nominal price of subscribing to the Hughniverse and downloading the podcast would be an investment you’ll not regret. 

Sometimes we need to be reminded that freedom isn’t free. Please take the time on Monday to honor those who have paid the price. You can donate to the Semper Fi Fund by clicking here.

From all of us here in the Dunphy house, our deepest thanks to all who have answered the nation’s call.

  1. Clandesteyn

    Thanks.  I’ve lived in the ‘Raq for 2 and 1/2 years and am still a little confounded when I get a “thank you.” I usually just look nonplussed for a moment and say thank you back.  I don’t travel in uniform anymore (I’ve moved on to another sprig of the DoD), but it occasionally comes up in conversation.  When I get a “thank you,” I’m never expecting it and never know what to say.

    If the other vets are anything like me, it sinks in a little while afterward and it feels kind of nice.  Please pass along that little bit of free goodwill when you can, even to the old salts.  They probably appreciate it even more than the privates.

  2. Devereaux

    I don’t know what to say to you, Mr. Dunphy. I ought to be courteous and thank you for your sentiment, but the truth is I just don’t feel much like listening to any of these kinds of sentiments.I am of the forgotten generation – the one that bled in the jungles of SEA. The Marine Corps fought the bloodiest war in its history, with more dead Marines than in ANY other war – INCLUDING WWII. Today it pretty much disregards that whole era. Meanwhile the likes of Al Martinez calls for the rehabilitation of Jane Fonda – an almost insurmountable insult to every grunt or flyboy who served there.Then there is 5 days ago, when all that I held dear and right went away. I have been hearing how the republicans now need to “change” – ?to what end. ?What is there to fight FOR.So I thank you for the sentiment, but know that I now mourn what appears to be the unnecessary deaths of my Marines. I will always cherish the times with my Marines, but wish we had chosen not to fight for the “nation” but instead just hung out on the beach.

  3. Robert E. Lee

    Thank you Mr. Dunphy.

  4. Jack Dunphy
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    Devereaux: … Meanwhile the likes of Al Martinez calls for the rehabilitation of Jane Fonda – an almost insurmountable insult to every grunt or flyboy who served there.

    There are more who honor your service in Southeast Asia than you realize.  Our failure there was a political one, not a military one.  We abandoned our allies and left them to be imprisoned or killed, and we are about to do the same thing in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The shame of it. 

    And as for Jane Fonda, in my eyes she will never be rehabilitated.