posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 10:38 PM
I think a lot of it will depend upon where you live too. Here in the south, especially my state veterans are always thanked, and are welcomed by most
communities. There are many organizations such as the VFW, Marine Corp League, American Legion, etc, who actively participate in helping their
communities all year long with many programs and charities.
I've only personally run across "The Look" only a few times. Generally I ignore it, since those persons have no idea what a veteran has been
through, nor do they seem to understand that the reason they get to have those looks or their opinion against me is that a volunteered to make sure
that they could do that.
There have been several 'Anti' military or veteran posts in this thread, and there will be more. Those that are from people from other nations, I
simply ignore as I'm not really concerned with their opinions or thoughts since it is not their country I'm a veteran of.
Those that do it that are from our country, I just smile inside, since again, I don't need their pity, sympathy, or even really want them to be
grateful to me or other veterans, but I am glad that they can voice their dissent, insult me, spit on me (all thought I'd appriciate them refraining
from that, as there's all sorts of nasty diseases out there), call me a murdering terrorist........that's cool. Really. Simply because they can do
it, I'm glad. It means that I did my job right for 10 years in the Navy, helping protect their right to do just that.
So did my father for the 30 years he was in the Navy, rest in peace dad.
And now my oldest son is doing it too in the Air Force.
So they can troll all they want, it really doesn't bother me. It would bother me more if someone shut them up and removed their right to act that way
or censor them.
There are many kinds of veterans too. Some of us hurt people. Some of us had to kill people. Some of us have never killed or hurt anyone. Many of us
spent a lot of time in the military actually helping people. Us veterans are as diverse in what we did, what we had to do, and what we were able to do
as there are cultures in the world..
I personally never killed anyone. My father never killed anyone. So far my son hasn't had to kill anyone (but then he's in the intelligence part of
the Air Force, so he can't talk about what he does too much). My wife (Army) never killed anyone. She was a dental tech. My ex-wife (Air Force) never
But I do know many fellow veterans that did have to do that. And it's not something they talk about a lot. Most that have seen combat don't
I saw TrueAmerican's post about having talked his son out of joining the military, who in turned talked his friends out of it. I can't blame him,
and I do honestly believe that everyone should understand what they are getting into before they raise their hand and take that oath to defend the
constitution of the United States of America. It's a heavy duty oath, and for many it's a very serious thing.
So if your son thought joining was going to be just a real life version of Call Of Duty, I'm glad you changed his mind.
I had doubts about my own son joining. I was relieved when he'd decided on the Air Force (would rather it have been the Navy, but oh well), and not
the Army or Marines. But most of my doubts were because my son was very introverted, shy, lacked any motivation what so ever. His IQ is off the
charts, but he was just lazy.
Now? Now he has so much confidence in himself I couldn't believe it. He's motivated, takes life very seriously, is a lot more out going, and has a
lot of initiative.
But then I shouldn't have been surprised, as that's exactly what the Navy did for me too.
So while I can understand people wanting to talk their children or friends from joining, keep this in mind:
America's military is the most powerful in the world. Many will cite the money and technology pumped into is why. And while that might be very true,
there is one other thing that makes it this way, and that is the simple fact that the US military is an all voluntary force.
Talk everyone out of doing it willingly and the government would have no choice but to bring back conscription and draft people.........
Drafting makes for a very poor military. It also brings to light Selective Service and how when you turn 18 you're required by law to fill out and
mail that card in.
Forcing people to be in makes for poor solders, sailors and airmen. Those that want to be there however, excel and do very well.
Just like my son. Didn't think it would be his cup of tea. But instead, he took to it like a fish in water.