I AM A VETERAN
by Andrea Christensen Bret
You may not know me the first time we meet
I'm just another you see on the street
But I am the reason you walk and breathe free
I am the reason for your liberty
I AM A VETERAN
I work in the local factory all day
I own the restaurant just down the way
I sell you insurance, I start your IV
I've got the best-looking grandkids you'll ever see
I'm your grocer, your banker
Your child's schoolteacher
I'm your plumber, your barber
Your family's preacher
But there's part of me you don't know very well
Just listen a moment, I've a story to tell
I AM A VETERAN
I joined the service while still in my teens
I traded my prom dress for camouflage greens
I'm the first in my family to do something like this
I followed my father, like he followed his
Defying my fears and hiding my doubt
I married my sweetheart before I shipped out
I missed Christmas, then Easter
The birth of my son
But I knew I was doing what had to be done
I served on the batlefront, I served on the base
I bound up the wounded
And begged for God's grace
I gave orders to fire, I followed commands
I marched into conflict in far distant lands
In the jungle, the desert, on mountains and shores
In bunkers, in tents, on dank earthen floors
While I fought on the ground, in the air, on the sea
My family and friends were home praying for me
For the land of the free and the home of the brave
I faced my demons in foxholes and caves
Then one dreaded day, without drummer or fife
I lost an arm, my buddy lost his life
I came home and moved on
But forever was changed
The perils of war in my memory remained
I don't really say much, I don't feel like I can
But I left home a child, and came home a man
There are thousands like me
Thousands more who are gone
But their legacy lives as time marches on
White crosses in rows
And names carved in queue
Remind us of what these brave souls had to do
I'm part of a fellowship, a strong mighty band
Of each man and each woman​

Who has served this great land
And when Old Glory waves
I stand proud, I stand tall
I helped keep her flying over you, over all
I AM A VETERAN
Copyright Andrea C. Bret
2003 All rights reserved
Greetings Comrades
This is a very trying time for the VFW Post 32 and the VFW organization in general. Post 32 was temporarily for several reasons. Our primary concern is for the safety of our members. Covid-19 does not exempt those of us who served our country through the military. We cannot allow Post 32 to be a spreader of this illness. The target date for re-opening is December 6, 2020. This will be re-evaluated as the date approaches. During the shutdown the Post will be thoroughly cleaned,
Please keep Gordon Boe in your thoughts as the Holiday Season approaches. His wife, Mary, was recently admitted to the hospital. As a part of the initial testing she was given a Covid-19 test. The results came back positive, As of now she is in intensive care. Gordon was later tested, also positive, He is feeling good except for cold symptoms.
If there are any Post members with a family member in distress please contact me so you can be included in our thoughts and prayers. We are all brothers in arms.
Keith Murray,
Post Commander