reply to post by Bunch
I'll thank you for your service and I'll go one further and remind you that your service nor your mission was in vain.
Your war and my war were among the hardest to fight. When goals and missions become muddled by human error, morale is hard to maintain when your own
countrymen are your worst enemy.
There has never been a war when intelligence was not faulty or men did not spend time serving in a theater that was less important than another or
when declared objectives were found to be off target.
What is important in these times is that men like you are willing to serve in the interest of peace and freedom.
It's rough when you first get back. You suffered and sacrificed and you've witnessed the worst and what is worse, when you get back there are those
who pretend to care about you, when they really care about destroying all you sacrificed for.
When it comes to comparing contractors to soldiers, you're way off base. Contractors are not there to do your job. Your job is national service and
it's not a lucrative career and it never has been, although you and your generation do better than we did in my day.
If the job of a contractor and those wages appeal to you, you can go back in that capacity, but it does no one any good to compare the military and
contractors. Neither can work without the other. Contractors go there to make money, while those like you and me have loftier goals. You will come
to understand, I assure you.
When you say that it is the veterans who must hang together and offer each other support, you are exactly correct. That is one thing that has been
true since the dawn of warfare and it will never change.
Use that to your advantage and join a veterans' organization. Attend meetings. Volunteer in VA hospitals and offer support to those who will
respect your service in a way no others can.
I will tell you from my experience that it's too early for you to assess this war or your place in it, but in my own experience and based on my
interaction with those who've served in every war since WWI, in the long run, you will cherish those days like no other and your freedom will mean
more to you than it ever could to those who simply inherit theirs.
The most important thing is to keep the faith and stand with those who share your experience and trust that with the advantage of hindsight, you'll
see the world in clearer terms than those who sat on their hands and offered weasel-words in a time of national need.
[edit on 2008/9/5 by GradyPhilpott]