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Help The Marines - Part 4

Ribbons and Medals and Real Heroes

Ribbons are representations of medals. Essentially, they are the same thing and for anyone, especially a Senator, to think otherwise is complete B.S. Charlie Gibson interviewed John Kerry this morning on Good Morning America:

...GIBSON: senator, i was there 33 years ago and i saw you throw medals over the fence and we didn't find out until later -

KERRY: no, you didn't see me throw th. charlie, charlie, you are wrong. that's not what happened. i threw my ribbons across. all you have to do -

GIBSON: the military makes no distinction between ribbons and medals but you are the one who made the distinction. in 1984 --

KERRY: no . we made no distinction back then, charlie. we made no distinction.

GIBSON: senator, i don't want -- i just want to ask the question. in 1984 when you were running for the senate, that was the first time that you called someone in from labor because they were upset that you had thrown ribbons away.

KERRY: no.

GIBSON: you called them and you made the distinction and said i didn't throw my medals away. i just threw the ribbons away. you made the distinction.
(via Instapundit - source Drudge Report)

If you want to understand why some of us veterans have so much blatent disregard for John Kerry, read this report of a Soldier (and member of the Warrior Caste) returning from Iraq (also via Instapundit):

Hesperia soldier says Iraq tour was eye-opening
Bryan Neice says most Iraqis still welcome America's presence

HESPERIA -- What a year for Bryan Neice.

He was shot at, endured mortar fire, rewired a dictator's palace, found compassion for a war-torn country and disappointment for the American media.

Most importantly, he became a man, according to his mother, Vada Neice.
Army Specialist Neice of the 51st Airborne Signal Battalion in Iraq, was serving with U.S. Army Rangers as well as Special Forces alongside his best friend, Specialist Justin Jacobsen, who he described as his "brother."

The two said they are glad to be home but angered by the way certain things have been handled, primarily by the media.

"CNN only airs what they want you to see," said Jacobsen. "I finally told my mom to stop watching, because it wasn't true."

Neice said the reality of a soldier's life in Iraq is quite the opposite from what is seen on the evening news.

"When we go through town, the crowds are cheering, crying, thanking us, giving us all thumbs up," Neice said.

Neice said the support from the locals in Baghdad was "at least 95 percent." He said the media is "wrong" and that the picture they are depicting for Americans is inaccurate.

"Americans need to know the truth. They (Iraqis) want us there. The support we got from locals was unreal," said Neice. "Sure, there are small pockets of resistance, but it's rare."
Vada Neice said her son found a new pride in his country while in Baghdad. She said, "When he got back to the states, he called me and said 'Mom! Mom! I love the USA!' I thought that was so cool."

Neice left for Kuwait on April 1, 2003. After spending over a year in Iraq, he is home on leave for 30 days before heading back to Fort Bragg, N.C. where he will train for 10 months before facing war-torn Iraq once again.

It's people like Brian Neice that make me proud to be an American.

God Bless you, Specialist Neice, and WELCOME HOME!!!!