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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:56 PM
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Poll question: How many people in your family have served/are serving in the military?
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 01:19 PM by arcadian

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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tanngrisnir3 Donating Member (665 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:59 PM
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1. Way to leave out the option for 'none', Sport.
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:16 PM
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16. I fixed it just for you, chummy.
:eyes:
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tanngrisnir3 Donating Member (665 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:25 PM
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21. Thanks, Champ.
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:59 PM
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2. This poll is set up oddly. My father, uncle, two aunts and one grandfather served in the military.
The other grandfather couldn't serve in WWII because of a bad back, so he worked at the local VA hospital, which was pretty bad in itself. I also have a cousin in the military.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:59 PM
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3. poorly worded
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 01:05 PM by noamnety
what if we have multiple yes's on that list?


If you want to ask How Many, the responses should be 0, 1-2, 3-5, etc.

Are you interested in numbers, or in relationships?
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:21 PM
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18. yeah, you're right.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 01:22 PM by arcadian
Actually I was interested in relationships, but the numbers route would have served this thread's purposes better.
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:00 PM
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4. Several apply.
I don't know how to vote.

Grandfather(s), grandmother, uncle, brother, F-I-L, B-I-L.

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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:00 PM
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5. You forgot 'None.' Strange poll n/t
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:01 PM
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6. Um - what if it's multi-generational?
I did, my brother did, my father and uncles did, my grandfathers, g-grandfathers, and so on, back to the Revolution (on both sides - patriots and loyalists) . . . and then farther back than that.

I may have been the first female, but I'm not sure.
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cmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:01 PM
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7. Several of the above
but I don't consider my family a military family. My husband, father, uncles and cousins just did their duty when called.
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LuvNewcastle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:04 PM
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8. My brother is.
He's leaving for Afghanistan soon.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:04 PM
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9. My Father, in the previous generation, between my generation & the next, 18, which includes me.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 01:06 PM by patrice
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:07 PM
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10. Uh, it's possible to fall into more than one category, yaknow
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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:07 PM
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11. My 3 brothers, my Father, my Uncle, two grandfathers and two great grandfathers did.
I didn't put an answer on your poll since there was no selection for numerous family members.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:10 PM
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12. And the point of this poll is...?? n/t
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:21 PM
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17. The MICC is looking for a group hug?
A little validation?

An affirmation?

:shrug:

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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:55 PM
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27. to prove a lame point
from another thread, I'm sure. The OP is trying to "prove" that everyone who does not agree with completely dismantling the military is a shill for the DOD. Or something like that.

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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:14 PM
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13. Other: Grandfather, Uncles, Dad and Step-Brother served.
Grandpa, Dad and Step-Brother served in the Navy

Grandpa served during WWII & Korea
Dad during peacetime in the late 50's
Step-bro during the 80's in Iceland
Uncle Dick served the Army in Burma (WWII)
Uncle Ernie served the Army in Europe (WWII)
Uncle Tom served in the Marines in the Pacific (WWII)
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:15 PM
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14. Two for me. Grandfather in WW2 and father in Korea. eom
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:16 PM
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15. Too many to fit into one of your categories, almost all Navy, going back forever. n/t
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:21 PM
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19. Brother, uncles (Canadian Army), Grandfather (Brit Army), and me.
Oddly enough, all of them, except my brother, hated the military.

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BlueMTexpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:22 PM
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20. Like several here, I find that the categories are drawn too narrowly.
My husband served in the military, as did my paternal grandfather, my father and my brother. I have several cousins who served in Vietnam, a nephew who served several tours in Afghanistan, and one of my daughter-in-law's sisters served a tour in Iraq. The other sister is married to a career military man.

I myself served as a Peace Corps Volunteer as a new college graduate, very wet behind the ears, in the 60s, i.e., many moons ago. I strongly support national service of some sort for every single US citizen who is not physically or mentally incapacitated, especially service that removes individuals from their familiar or parochial settings so that they can see that there is much more to the world than they may have learned while they were growing up ... and that what they did learn about that world was not always the truth.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:26 PM
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22. Why did you leave out brother/sister? nt
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:27 PM
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23. Father, Uncle, Grandfather....which one would you like me to choose?
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:34 PM
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24. My dad - career USAF, 23 yrs.
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sojourner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:39 PM
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25. grandfather, father, brothers (2), son.......then there are I don't know how many uncles, etc.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 01:43 PM by sojourner
Oh, and left out husband (back when he was still husband).

Father during Korean War. Brothers during Vietnam but they were not sent there......thank gods. My son served his first tour in Iraq and will likely be going to Afghanistan next. I didn't want him to serve, btw......and tried to talk him out of enlisting, but he's an adult and he made a conscious choice so, being a mom first and foremost, he has my support - complete and unconditional.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:39 PM
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26. One - Uncle - Air Force.

I'm proud of his service.
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:57 PM
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28. I clicked on the "I have served" option, but my father, brother, grandfather ...
great-grandfather,great-great-grandfather, and every single male member of my family dating back to the American Revolution served in one or another branch of the Armed Forces.
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DKRC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:06 PM
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29. If someone threw a fight we were there
Scots/Irish/Cherokee/Creek

:evilgrin:
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:12 PM
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30. I have had 5 uncles that were in active
combat in WW2. My father was civil service with Navy.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:13 PM
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31. My father and four cousins have served. Only my father and one cousin
served in war though.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:30 PM
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32. In my generation and my father's generation? EVERY male, including me.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 02:32 PM by TahitiNut
All of my male first and second cousins except one - who lost one of his eyes as a teen, when he planned on a career in the Coast Guard. All four of my mother's brothers, my father, and all seven of my father's brothers and half-brothers. Every male in two generations.

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crimson333 Donating Member (760 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:08 PM
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33. every male on my fathers side has been or is in the military
and over half on my mothers side have served with 4 active right now. I would have joined as well, except was diagnosed with MS when I was 17 in 1986
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:14 PM
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34. My brother-in-law served in the Air Force. nt/t
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 04:15 PM by RebelOne
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:19 PM
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35. LOTS have done so
grandfather, father, brother, son, nephew, ex-husband...
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:25 PM
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36. I was in the Army. My husband was in the Army. My father was a Marine.
My father-in-law was in the Navy. My grandfather was in the Army.
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LiberalPersona Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:49 PM
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37. My cousin
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 04:50 PM by LiberalPersona
served in the Marines, he was over in the middle east during Bush's second term.
But there's not a poll option for that.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:06 PM
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38. My uncle and cousin were both in the military, as is one memeber of my extended family now
My dad was in the Army extremely briefly as a young man before they decided that his asthma was too bad for him to serve. Several of my relatives also fought in World War Two, but sadly they are all gone now.
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Sheltiemama Donating Member (892 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:24 PM
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39. My 90-year-old uncle served in WWII.
He doesn't like to talk about it.
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:31 PM
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40. My dad is a disabled veteran of the Viet Nam war. Several uncles and cousins served. nt
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:45 PM
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41. Father, uncle, brother.
And I keep on my desk the WWI compass that belonged to one of the leaders from my old Scout troop, unopened and in its little cloth bag. My old best friend's brother was in the Army. My long-time coworker's nephew, who I first met when he was a few days old, is deploying to Afghanistan in April or May, after finishing his tour of duty in Iraq (he's a Marine).

It's not just relatives, but also friends and role models who served in the military that count.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:54 PM
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42. Family of origin: 3/7. Hubby's Family
of origin: 2/5.
None of us have kids old enough to serve.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:56 PM
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43. I served, my dad served, my grandfather was at Dunkirk
yes INDEED
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Eryemil Donating Member (958 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:59 PM
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44. None, thankfully. n|t
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:10 PM
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45. My father and all my uncles served in World War Two
After a brief foray into business, Dad went back into the Army and retired in the 1970s. Before that generation, I have heard of relatives whp were in the Austrian cavalry. My cousins of my generation whose families had stayed in the old country were in the Red Army. And I have a cousin on a submarine.
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Hansel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:56 PM
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46. Step-son, niece and nephew, uncle
Niece served 4 tours in Iraq. She had planned on being a lifer, but couldn't take it anymore. She left the army after 18 years, but join the National Guard. My step-son just joined the Army. Nephew just joined the National Guard. My uncle was wounded in World War II. My great grandfather was a drummer boy in the Union Army and played the drums as they marched into battle.
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KewlKat Donating Member (867 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:05 PM
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47. Spouse, son, DIL, father, 3 Uncles, BIL
Spouse was a lifer, son got out after 9.5 yrs as he couldn't raise his family on the pay. DIL got out to stay home with the kids, father was WW2, Uncles WW2 and recalled for Korea. BIL drafted and served in Nam. I'm sure I'm forgetting someone........
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Retired AF Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:07 PM
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48. I spent four years in the Army
and twenty years in the AirForce. My wife did four years in the Army. Our oldest son has been in the Army about 11 years and our youngest son has been in the Navy for 7 years.
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