Free “I Served” Sticker to Non-Flag Stompers

I served Iraq, Afghanistan, Desert Storm, VietnamNavy Times is offering a free I Served (in) Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, or Desert Storm sticker for all those who have served.

I’ll bet I know of one person who does not want the sticker, the Chapin High School English teacher (South Carolina) who repeatedly stomped on the flag in class to make a point.

Please ignore my pet peeve of folks misspelling or misidentifying Berkeley in the comments. Like Sergeant First Class Brice Harris who calls it UCLA-Berkeley. C’mon SFC, I expect better. Two separate schools, Berkeley and UCLA. Separated by almost 400 miles!

I Have Seen in Your Eyes

I have seen in your eyes a fire of determination to get this war done quickly.
My confidence in you is total, our cause is just.
Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm
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–General H. Norman Schwarzkopf 

Business Insider, who graciously supplied the above picture, racked and stacked the costs of all the wars in our history. Inflation adjusted, they are:

- American Revolution cost $2.41 billion
– War of 1812 cost $1.55 billion
– Mexican War cost $2.38 billion
– Civil War costs $79.7 billion for both sides
– Spanish American War cost $9.03 billion
– World War 1 cost $334 billion
– World War 2 cost $4,104 billion
– Korean War cost $341 billion
– Vietnam cost $738 billion
– Persian Gulf War cost 102 billion
– Afghanistan war cost $321 billion
– Iraq war cost $784 billion

That rather puts things into perspective. I knew WWII was an expensive war, both in terms of manpower and supplies (to say nothing of the KIA/MIA) but did not realize it was that high. It was thirteen times the cost of our ten-year Afghanistan conflict. I have no agenda in posting this. Only in that it is interesting. . .