a reply to: Shamrock6
I don't want to give them pity, and I'm not one of those guys who says thank you for your service...more like FU...honestly that's how I feel. But I
don't say it anymore. It doesn't do any good. I hate the military industrial complex.
I'm not spitting on anyone. See there is that attitude that extended a hand to help somebody who went through the traumatic experience is weak for
seeking help. It's that dumb attitude that causes people to repress the experience with booze and drugs, or spousal abuse.
One tour, one month, it doesn't make a difference, if the affect is life changing, causing mental problems.
I do feel kind of ignorant about the Wounded Warrior Project fiasco. But I still think they do some good.
I understand your outright anger that overly patronizing veterans is something people do for political gain, or hollywood ratfaced bozos making war
movies that are nothing short of fantasy.
But the reality is not everyone can turn off the war. PTSD/Shellshock whatever you want to call it needs to be dealt with.
To suggest a person is a weaker person because they served less time, is besides the point. I do appreciate your perspective. Many veterans have told
me the same exact thing. I guess that's my point, it's wrong to sit around judging those who have and have not served.
It's more important to help those who have served, who need help. Putting all the bravado and machismo behind, one guy might be able to take the
carnage, somebody else might not.
I haven't served but I do agree with you a lot. I wish people would shut up with the pity and idolization. It does denigrate those who have served. I
guess my point is I've grown to the point where I'm not playing into the pity/worship game.
I am also not taking sides. I'm no longer calling everybody who served a rotten baby killer. Nor am I patronize the guys who spit on others. You
obviously have a perspective about things, that I dont.
I agree leave the veterans alone. But let it be known that services or charities are there to help the transition back to civilian life. Nobody needs
to make a spectacle of these things.
Sadly big foundations are setup...like Wounding Warrior Project...which I know do a lot of good, but also play into it to make a buck.
Our local home brew clubs raised over 10k for our veterans building...in our rich suburbs, we still have a run down vets building. But I'm happy to
say I put all politics aside, got drunk and did something. Hell the community got drunk and made no fuss about it. It was fun and next year it might
raise more and spiff up the damn place.