Open Letter From The Editor To All Vets:
Oath Keepers cherishes our Veterans in gratitude. We honor you as we honor those who fell beneath the blade of war. Some must die; but some must live to become the untouchable part of America which is named simply: Veterans.
The nation is grateful; Oath Keepers, the organization, is grateful; and all Oath Keepers as individuals are grateful. You stood tall, answered the call, offered your all if need be. You did what warriors do, carried what befell you, served the Red White and Blue. You served wherever you were sent, did the job at hand, made it through.
In so doing, you’ve earned the proud title: Veteran. America is grateful and is proud of you. It is an emotional thing to have served one’s country, one’s people.
Some of you thought that you were through, but Oath Keepers has news for you. It ain’t over yet, Bro. There is still a nation requiring your devotion to duty, your dedication and loyalty. Despite all the victories in war which comprise the rich history of the American military, our great nation remains yet in peril. Oath Keepers reminds all Veterans that the Oath never expires, that our duty only retires at the grave, and a Veteran still has a job to do – not necessarily on some distant battle field, but in one’s hometown, one’s community, one’s neighborhood.
The extra mile is the service one performs after being discharged. There exists today a great need for all Veterans to figure out what Steve Mason, the Vietnam Veterans of America “Poet Laureate”, revealed in this famous line before he died -
“Old soldiers with bad gums find out too late whom they really served.” – Steve Mason, Viet Vet, RIP
After World War II, there has been a never-ending series of wars on a controlled, limited program which can be summarized as “perpetual war for perpetual peace”. There is no honor in that, and a large percentage of combat veterans are likely to figure that out. When a Veteran comes to clearly see that, a righteous inner rage is kindled, understandably. Now the Department of Homeland Security has learned that returning war Veterans can settle back into their communities and start figuring out whom they really served when they answered the call to arms coming from Washington D.C.
So DHS now instructs your neighborhood policeman to pay closer attention to you because you are a Veteran, and as a Veteran you have seen directly, first hand, the great lie behind the deployments of our fighting men and women beginning with the Korean War in the 1950s. DHS knows that when a Veteran figures that out, he may be a force to deal with – and by God, they’re right about that.
So, yeah, go on down to the slop-shoot and raise a mug to your old outfit, and take a little slack after you’ve done your tour for the uniform. But afterward, whatsay we each and all, as Veterans, as Oath Keepers, once again stand tall – but this time, doing it inside our own hearts and souls, where the battle for America now is fought, where Veterans, maybe moreso than any other sort of American, can summon the courage to face the truth – and then get down to work on the toughest battle of all, the educating of a trusting, believing, brain-washed public which has no idea whatsoever about war, about those who go to fight the wars, and about those damned by God politicians who send them.
Brothers and Sisters, Oath Keepers salutes your service. Awaken now to our new duty. Show your dedication to duty as you honor that Oath you swore, and band together in your neighborhoods, your communities, your families and circles of friends, and teach in your own TAOR the moral lessons enshrined in the U. S. Constitution. Your next duty station begins here -
Thank you for your service.
Elias Alias, USMC Vietnam Veteran and editor for Oath Keepers
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