Veterans! Re-purposing Those old Military Uniform Buttons

It’s been a Loooong…. time since I wore any part of my old military uniform. Kind of like 50+ years.

Mainly because I worm most of my old fatigues out (I do still have an old set of Tigers) or gave a couple of shirts to my daughters who wanted to wear them back in the late 90’s when it was cool at school. My dress uniform hung in the closet until it actually got clothes moths in Roseburg, Oregon and I decided to decommission it by removing the buttons and then giving it the old back yard cremation and burial.

So for 40+ yrs. I’ve had the buttons kicking around with my medals and coin collection. What to do with them in an age when I now wear hearing aids, glasses and gimp around at half the pace I could sustain at my peak at 25?

Then a buddy gave me an idea on a hike!

We are walking along through the woods headed up to Burnt Lake on the side of Mt. Hood and I note that he has buttons on his glasses frames. Buttons on your Glasses Frames ..You say?…..

So he asked me, “ Have you ever had your COVID 19 mask straps catch on my hearing aides?”

No Duh, guy. Who hasn’t at our age?”

So he whips out his mask from a pocket and slips it on, hooking the elastic behind the two buttons on his glasses frames rather than onto his ears.

Intense watching on my part. Memories of my ‘Old Man’ saying, “Watch and Learn!”

Then he whips off the mask and stuffs it back in his pocket. “Cool Huh?”

Whoa, Dude! What a great idea! I’ll bet I can do that too when I get home!”

At home, searching through buttons, I come across a lone ‘fake military button’ that has a great flange on the back with a rectangular hole. Eureka! No messing with thread, D-rings, or elastic, this will fit right on the glasses frames.”

I dig out my Real buttons.

Plunge the curved earpiece ends of my wire frames into boiling water, straighten the curved ear piece and pull off the plastic ear pad. Slip the button on so that the eagle is upright, slip back the ear pad and put a drop of glue to hold everything in place. Voila!

Here are my glasses!

Here is my mask.

Here it is on! Great!

Patriotic and Useful! Yeah!

Remember, there are only two weapons we have against this Virus which is beginning to look like it’s getting lose like an Oregon wildfire with a 50mph wind:

1. Wearing masks and 2. Social Distancing.

You don’t want to get downwind of this baby or your Goose could be Cooked! If you haven’t watch Dr. Fauci’s presentation, click here. this guy is the expert and doesn’t beat around the bush.

Keep Safe, wear those masks, Veterans! https://news.yahoo.com/cdc-docs-coronavirus-32-states-spike-in-covid-cases-fauci-174651410.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_15

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