Except for the 27 years I spent with my wife, my time in the Navy would have to go down as the best years of my life. Left to right, onboard the USS Coronado in 1976 killing time waiting to evacuate Americans from the Beirut embassy, Boot Camp 1973, and my last day in the Navy, October 4, 1985.

Those who served have a special bond. We value our friends who chose other paths. We revile those who mock our service. And we have nothing but contempt for those who claim to have served, but did not.

We are the veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Happy Veterans Day.

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Retired from his position as a writer/editor at the National Institutes of Health, Bill Schmalfeldt saw the willingness of a cadre of right wing idiots to destroy the life of an ex-con who had re-entered public life having served his time. He spoke out against this pack of hyenas and paid for it with false attacks on his own reputation and filthy, foul and profane mockery surrounding the death of his wife in 2015. Unbroken, Bill continues to write for Breitbart Unmasked and his private blog, http://theclintoniconoclast.com.