239 Years

239 Years

Dear Service Member,

I'm not sure how one begins a 239 year old thank you letter. How do you thank 40 million Americans at once? Men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters... entire generations of families. Heroes, patriots, servants and saviors, the selfless individuals who have committed themselves to defending not only this country and the freedom for which it stands but the helpless, the defenseless and the weary, those brought to their knees at the hands of evil, oppression and the forces of nature.

You've tirelessly and without hesitation defended the ideals, morals and beliefs of a nation at home and abroad. Never once have you retreated from the call of duty or questioned the responsibility. Never once have you asked why me? Foreign shores are stained forever with your blood, the blood of our sons and daughters, who from 1775 to present day have stepped boldly forward each and every time this country, this continent or this planet called for a champion.

Who could have possibly imagined when the first shot was fired from a British Musket in Lexington, Massachusetts just after dawn on April 19th, 1775, how often you would be asked to heed that call. Who could possibly have envisioned that today, over 40 million of our bravest men and women would be asked to proudly bear the flag of this great nation.

Sadly, we've asked for your service so often that at times we've lost sight of the sacrifices made by not only you but by your families and loved ones. We've taken for granted the anguish and strain of families divided by time and distance and the despair of those forever shattered.

Yes, this thank you is "long" overdue... 239 years overdue in fact.

They say a true soldier fights not because he hates whats in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. On this Veterans Day we stand behind "you" as a grateful nation unified in admiration and thankfulness. We honor you and those who served before you. We rise in undeniable appreciation of the magnitude of your sacrifice and we thank god for the freedom that your service affords us.

No, I don't think there are words to express 239 years of gratitude.

I can only simply say that America thanks you, GovX thanks you, I thank you and future generations thank you. All that we have, all that we are and all that we will become stands on the foundation of your sacrifice and your service.

With the Greatest Appreciation,
The Citizens of The Unites States of America

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Robert H.

11/10/2014 7:37 PM

You're welcome. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. USMC Veteran. Semper Fidelis and Happy Birthday to my beloved Corps.

Gregory N.

11/11/2014 6:53 AM

Semper FI Marine - Happy belated birthday

david c.

11/11/2014 4:37 AM

My pleasure. I wouldn't change a thing. USA MP - OIF '08/09

david c.

11/11/2014 4:37 AM

My pleasure. I wouldn't change a thing. USA MP - OIF '08/09

Daniel H.

11/11/2014 5:49 AM

You're Welcome it was My Honor to Serve. From a Retired Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, I would do it All Again. Anytime. Dan Honeycutt U.S. Coast Guard TC1/E6 Retired

Jacob H.

11/11/2014 5:54 AM

Thank you for that kind letter. If I could go back to March 26, 1996, the day I reported to Great Lakes, Illinois I would not even hesitate to do it all over again. It was a pleasure to serve for this great country that God Almighty gave to is.

Dean R.

11/11/2014 6:19 AM

It was privilege to serve and an honor to be reconized in such a way. I too would't change a thing.

James S.

11/11/2014 6:32 AM

Thank you. I served 26 years between active duty and the reserve medevac'ing the wounded in Panama, Desert Storm, Somalia, Iraq (x2) and Afghanistan. I am now retired and I have two sons serving, one in USAF EOD and the other as a Navy Nuke. This is on top of the 30 years of service I have in the Fire Service for a large city. The thank you's mean a lot. And frankly I feel very lucky to have served during this time when people do say thank you. That has not and is not always the case as there are still haters out there. So thank you for the recognition, the thank you and the support. J Schaffer

William D.

11/11/2014 6:39 AM

I was honored to have the opportunity to serve the USA. I would sign up again tomorrow. Semper Fi

Matthew S.

11/11/2014 6:41 AM

Thank you and your welcome! I would do it all over again without hesitation. If they would let me back in at my age I would raise my hand again. Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. May God bless you all and keep you safe!

Julio G.

11/11/2014 6:45 AM

Thank you and you're welcome. I don't regret one day of my 20 served and would do it again if I could. V/R IT1(SW) (RET)

Gregory N.

11/11/2014 6:52 AM

It was an honor to hold the title of United States Marine and to protect this country and what it stands for, I never regretted an instant of my service - Semper Fi and a belated birthday wish to all my Marine brothers and sisters

George B.

11/11/2014 7:07 AM

Thank You, it's great to be appreart but it comes years to late for me. When I returned from Vietnam I was spit on by people who called me a baby killed. That still lives in me, and then there is the VA. Thank you I'm still bitter. I love this country, I love the Navy and I would do it again. U.S. Navy veteran

Robert L C.

11/11/2014 7:29 AM

Semper Fi

Joel C.

11/11/2014 7:39 AM

USCG September 27, 1967 to 1971, including 13 months in Viet Nam on the USCGC Dallas. I'd do it all again (cept bootcamp). Sempar Paratus...

Richard W.

11/11/2014 8:03 AM

I would gladly do it again. You're welcome. US Army Military Police

Grant L.

11/11/2014 8:08 AM

Thank you for your support. As with most veterans I would do it all over again. Grant Little CWO3 USN Retired

David R.

11/11/2014 8:30 AM

Thank you for your committment to share and provide a marketplace WE Veteran's can relate to and enjoy purchasing. Believe me what I say WE Thank You too, for your devotion to Veterans and for your gratitude and appreciation for the bretheran of service members who've served, actively serving, and those who will. God bless you and the OUR great nation! "Semper Fidelis and Semper Fortis" Happy Birthday Marines!! US Navy HM Vet and former Devil Doc

Richard R.

11/11/2014 8:33 AM

You're Welcome. I'd do it again without question. USAF EOD

Ambrosio P.

11/11/2014 8:35 AM

Semper Fi...

Mitchell S.

11/11/2014 8:39 AM

Semper Fi, no regrets here. Thank you and happy Veterans Day.

Dean W.

11/11/2014 8:49 AM

Thank you for your expression of gratitude. Like so many of my Vietnam era brothers and sisters it was many years following my service before I heard public expressions of gratitude. I served to defend our country and our way of life. I consider it an honor to have served and I salute all of those that have served honorably.

David L.

11/11/2014 8:52 AM

Thank you Veterans, thank you Citizens of the United States of America, thank you GovX, and, thank you Scott Seymour for writing such a good piece. United States Army 19D (Cav Scout)

Michael C.

11/11/2014 9:11 AM

You are welcome,and to all my fellow military men and women who have proudly served....Thank You!!! I too would do it all over again if I could. Michael Cooper US Navy veteran

william h.

11/11/2014 9:20 AM

wouldn't change a thing.Have a life time of memories! Seabee Veteran Wm. Hamlin

Walter M.

11/11/2014 9:24 AM

Thank You very much and you're Welcome I was very proud to served my country with Honors and if I had to do it over again I would do it in a second. US Army Veteran { Avn. Communication }

Walter R.

11/11/2014 9:31 AM

You are welcome. I am proud to have served, with the United States Marine Corps, my country in Vietnam. In a heart beat I would re-enlist. Semper Fi (and happy 239th birthday to all Marines)

Regina M.

11/11/2014 9:28 AM

You're very welcome. It's been an honor serving this great nation, I'd still do it now if allowed. From an Army National Guard vet.

Tim M.

11/11/2014 9:46 AM

In 1985. I spent my first of many Thanksgivings away from my family in Newport, RI at OCS as an Ensign to be. A very long journey filled with sheer joy and some filled with sheer sadness. I am still used to the "Hurry up and Wait" mentality that was drilled into me back then. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve this great nation that I love!!!

Dan P.

11/11/2014 9:52 AM

Zero Regrets! I would serve this nation again in a heartbeat! Soldiers make our nation strong........Army Strong

Michael B.

11/11/2014 9:54 AM

What a great thank you letter! Thank you for your support!

Patrick C.

11/11/2014 10:30 AM


Danny S.

11/11/2014 10:31 AM

I would do it all over again. Danny Storey Boatswainmate USN retired

Daniel W.

11/11/2014 10:35 AM

Your VERY welcome. Thank you for giving back! USMC VET

Daniel W.

11/11/2014 10:35 AM

Your VERY welcome. Thank you for giving back! USMC VET

Rick C.

11/11/2014 11:40 AM

You're welcome. SSGT R. Cadd USAF

jorge r.

11/11/2014 11:42 AM

You are welcome

jeff i.

11/11/2014 11:57 AM

God bless America!

Scott G.

11/11/2014 12:00 PM

You're Welcome, Thank you for your words, it means a lot to all who have served and their families. 20 years Navy.

Watson J.

11/11/2014 12:09 PM

I would do it all over again. Thank you for supporting the past, present & future veterans and my brothers & sisters in the fire service. DC2

Mark M.

11/11/2014 12:17 PM

8 years served with the US Army in JAG and I am still honored to be a part of this Brotherhood...God bless America.....

Mark G.

11/11/2014 12:18 PM

I'd gladly go back anytime US Army retired

William C.

11/11/2014 1:19 PM

Thank you! After 20 years in the USAF at the age of 80 I only wish I could serve again. Not that I miss being in a combat zone, but miss the comraderie of brothers under arms.

Andrew D.

11/11/2014 1:23 PM

It is my honor to ha

Sam L.

11/11/2014 1:38 PM

You made me cry. It was truly my honor to forever link myself to the greatest men and women in the world. And I'd do it again without a second thought if given the opportunity. Thank you! The American sailor, soldier, marine, airmen and coast guard.

JoAnn H.

11/11/2014 2:05 PM

Joann Haines USMC 65-69 Thank You God bless you and all our veterans active & not & the USA Semper Fi fellow MARINES!

jaclyn n.

11/11/2014 2:13 PM

My husband and I thank you for that along with my father, that was very well said and greatly appreciated, and trust that we all would do it again with NO hesitation!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA NOW AND ALWAYS!!!!😊


11/11/2014 2:25 PM

I am a vet who can walk and stand and move about freely. This is a prayer for thanks for so many of my brother and sister vets can do none of these. Some have a physical impairment, some have a mental problem, and many have both. Those are the true heroes - the ones who's check was cashed. It would be wonderful if there were no more wars, no more conflicts, no more "police actions." But peace will never exist while there are fanatics across this globe. Our young will always be called upon to defend this grand nation and its ideals. God bless every veteran of every conflict.

Kevin L.

11/11/2014 2:37 PM

My Honor to serve my country!!

Chris M.

11/11/2014 2:46 PM


Chris M.

11/11/2014 2:46 PM


christopher j.

11/11/2014 3:16 PM

Wow nicely put and amazingly wrote. THANK YOU .

avedis b.

11/11/2014 3:50 PM

Thank you I appreciate all you do for us.

Walter W.

11/11/2014 4:01 PM

S. Woods 1/1 C Co On behalf of JH Roy III/ B Painter and many more who lost their lives . Your welcome.... No Sh!T Charlie

Eric K.

11/11/2014 4:03 PM

Well said!

Kirby H.

11/11/2014 4:19 PM

Thank You. I can still remember the many friends and comrades in arms that did not return from our crucible of fire. USMC 65-70, RVN 67-68. Semper Fi to all my brothers and sisters who have and are currently serving in all branches of the US military.

Richard B.

11/11/2014 4:22 PM

Thank you for you kind words.

Wendell G.

11/11/2014 4:33 PM

Thank You, and Semper Fi!!! I was happy and proud to Serve. 2nd Plt. Fox Co. 22nd MAU, Beirut, Lebanon 1983.

Michael G.

11/11/2014 4:38 PM

You're welcome. I'd like to do it again. USMC Vet

Dorothy m.

11/11/2014 4:51 PM

No problem we've got your back...anytime, anywhere.

Martin R.

11/11/2014 5:00 PM

To the individual who wrote this, you truly are inspirational. I served 24 yrs, missed a lot of family moments. But would do it all again the same exact way. God Bless the United States of America!

Pablo L T.

11/11/2014 5:03 PM

I would like to Post This in my Facebook Page. Personally What more can it be said!

Jeffery O.

11/11/2014 5:29 PM

Thanks for the letter. However, the true thanks goes to the ones who are not here to read it.

William W.

11/11/2014 5:32 PM

You are welcome and like so many others I'd do it all over again if I could. MSgt USAF Ret.

Kendil J.

11/11/2014 5:42 PM


Jerry B.

11/11/2014 5:45 PM

Thank you for your support. As with all vets, would do it all over again. Jerry Biller MMCS, USN, RET

Jose R.

11/11/2014 6:11 PM

I'm touched by this message and proud to know that some people out there do know meaning of a soldier and care for what we represent.

Kenneth S.

11/11/2014 6:19 PM

Well said, Semper Fi !


11/11/2014 8:12 PM

It was my honor to serve for greatest country God bless all men and women and for those to come I will be praying for you

Samuel R.

11/11/2014 8:44 PM

It was my pleasure

William R.

11/11/2014 9:16 PM

To the past,present,and future Heroes of America ...God bless you all....

Christopher P.

11/11/2014 9:46 PM

Scott your word are very much appreciated. As most of my brethren have stated, I would do it again in a heartbeat. It has been my honor to serve this nation. Happy Birthday ( belated ) to my Marine brothers and sisters. USAF Ret (1976-1996)

Robert C.

11/11/2014 9:53 PM

Thank You and your welcome RETIRED USAF

douglas f.

11/12/2014 2:01 AM

8 1/2 year combat veteran of the United States Army. Thank you for that. On this day i too would like to thank everyone that has traversed through the valley of death and not came home. You have made the ultimate sacrifice for your family and country. I was fortunate to make it back unlike many others before me. We all have our own reasons for fighting the valiant cause. Mine was not only to give back which was given to me , a land free of oppression, but to fight in the hopes that our future children and generations would not have to. Rangers Lead The Way. Sua Sponte and De Oppresso Liber.

Joseph A.

11/12/2014 4:02 AM

Well said! Thank you as well!

Eric p.

11/12/2014 4:27 AM

If only every American were as humble as service members. This is a very well said thank you.

Robert B.

11/12/2014 7:02 AM

Such touching, heartfelt words. I served 23 years and everyday that I put on my uniform, I felt I had been given a great privilege to serve this wonderful Nation. RC Bonds USAF Medical Service Corps

Bernadette W.

11/12/2014 7:26 AM

What an awesome letter. Thank you.-Army vet,OEF/OIF 06/07

Andrew K W.

11/12/2014 8:56 AM


Gary F.

11/12/2014 11:16 AM

Thank you for these grateful words of encouragement. Served 33 years and it truly was an HONOR and a PRIVILEGE. QMCM (SW) Ret

ben s.

11/12/2014 1:02 PM

It was an honor to serve this great nation not in one branch but in two different branches at two different times of this nations peril, and loved every minute.us navy 80-84 us army 05-2012. B Sarles

Michael H.

11/12/2014 1:24 PM

You are very welcome and I would do it all over again.I love my Country

Michael H.

11/12/2014 1:26 PM

Your welcome and I would do it all over again,I love my Country

Charles C.

11/12/2014 1:46 PM

My Pleasure!!!

Noe L.

11/12/2014 2:23 PM


Scott S.

11/12/2014 2:54 PM

No words. Thank you. Semper Paratus!

james a.

11/13/2014 8:56 AM


Jose P.

11/15/2014 2:07 PM

Umm, is it just me or is GovX confused about the 239th? The 239 represents the 239th birthday celebration of the Marine Corps...please fix this. I'm surprised more Marines haven't chimed in. November 10th is the Marine Corps birthday...not the celebration of every branch.

Scott S.

11/16/2014 2:09 PM

The "239 Years' date referenced in the article refers back to the date of the first shots fired in the Revolutionary War... April 19th, 1775.

George C.

11/16/2014 9:27 AM

I'm glad to served my country. I witness over 20 A_bomb test. I would never want to see them put into action. I was in the Air Force 7/6/56--12/5/59

Melissa B.

11/24/2014 9:31 AM


Tommylen M.

11/25/2014 12:23 PM

Absolutely an honor to have served my country. I only wish that I had spent more than 12 years in the Army.

Chad C.

12/3/2014 11:25 AM

Without a doubt I would do it again 10 times over. It was my pleasure to have served our great nation. USMC 1991 - 1994

Lance B.

12/29/2014 7:57 PM

I also will continue to defend with honor and without complaint. We should also thank those that support us no matter what.

Lance B.

12/29/2014 7:57 PM

I also will continue to defend with honor and without complaint. We should also thank those that support us no matter what.

Lance B.

12/29/2014 7:57 PM

I also will continue to defend with honor and without complaint. We should also thank those that support us no matter what.

Donald M.

1/13/2015 12:10 PM

Since retiring in 1998, I've yet to feel the personal pride and sense of responsibility I had when I put on my uniform. However, whenever I see a current or former veteran, that sense of pride rises again. At least for the moment.

daniel s.

1/19/2015 8:55 AM

I am a veteran my oath of enlistment has no expiration date. "God Bless America" USN Veteran, ABE3 - OIF '06/07

Dedrick C.

1/30/2015 10:24 AM

semper fi. its a life long commitment and whether you want it or not it will stay with u for life. brothers in arms.

Danny S.

2/25/2015 11:59 AM

I only just stumbled upon this wonderful letter today. I have to say, it is the best thank you I have ever received. Having enlisted during Vietnam, I was fortunate to have been sent, instead, to Libya. During my 20 year Air Force career, I never had to endure the horrors of war. Instead, I remained in a support position, but was honored, several times, to be asked to place a wreath for the unknown soldiers at the Netherlands American Cemetary, during our time in Netherlands. But, my Father did endure the horrors of war, as well as the horrors of PTSD, before it was so named. He enlisted in WWII, went ashore at Omaha Beach on DDay+1 and had his right elbow destroyed at St Lo France. I can't imagine the horrors he saw, nor can I imagine the pain he endured, while undergoing surgery after surgery on his right elbow... All of which left him with 10% use of his right arm and a drinking problem that could never erase the horrors of the things he had seen and done or the friends he had lost. He tried for years to drown out the memories and try to enjoy the rest of his life, but was never successful... He was never proud of the lives he had taken, but would have stepped forward, again, if called upon. I would step forward again as well... After all, I am, good and bad, my Father's Son... A. Staggs. D. staggs US Army 2ID Indianhead, WWII. USAF 1968-1988