Don Bryant answers in this one minute video.
As has been my wont for the past few years, I greeted people with my peace flag and army dress uniform outside the southwest gate of FirstEnergy Stadium today to watch the Cleveland Browns play the Tennessee Titans. And as usual, I cheerily said “Hi,”to people, often followed up with “It’s a beautiful day!” or “It’s a gorgeous day!’ Many agreed, but others simply ignored me. No surprise there, as some folks absolutely hate the peace symbol on the navy blue field of my red-and-white striped flag, in lieu of stars. I’m pretty sure none of the disaffected were ever in a war.
One man was already past me when he turned and said, “Were you really in the army?” I said, “I’ll show you a copy of my DD214, if you want to see it.” He said nothing and walked away.
The DD214 is the military discharge paper that lists, among other things, “Decorations, medals, badges, commendations, citations and campaign ribbons awarded or authorized.” It also lists “Education and training completed.” In my case the document noted I had completed a 12-week Basic Russian Course at the U.S. Army Special Warfare School, which is part of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Within a few months after completing the language course, however, I found myself in Vietnam and during my year there, try as I might, I could find no one who spoke Russian. That’s the Army for ya.