For the record, I served from April 1968 to April 1992 (was suppose to retire in September of 1990 but old Saddam went tip-toeing into Kuwait and got held over a little). Most of the time I was overseas. I hated States Side Duty.
I find that a lot of the people (mostly Republicans) have got to say "thank you for your service", yet they do not mean it. It rings hollow, and I find it disgusting (Hannity and Rush)and would much rather they stop it. I know that most of it is due to the guilt that many feel and/or felt at the way the Vietnam Veterans were treated on their return. That is over with. No amount of late parades or services will change what happened.
When I got back to the states after my first tour (I had just turned 19), it was not a warm welcome. I had made the mistake of wearing my Uniform to LAX. I learned, and dumped the uniform for normal hippy attire, looked stupid with the short hair and black shoes,
I was able to take being in the states for two months. and got myself shipped to Korea, at the end of that tour went straight back to Vietnam and then back to Korea. I was forced to come home in January of 77. Still did not wear the uniform on flights, but was stationed in DC were it was kind of okay to wear the uniform.
I went to the wall once. I will never put myself through that again.
So for those of you who are saying "Thanks for your service." Please stop.
I was raised in a different time. John Wayne was a real hero to us kids. My dad fought in WWII and Korea, I felt it was my duty to join the Army and protect the country. I did it.
Just wish the Politicians would understand that the American people did not send them to Washington to use the military as so many pieces of meat to be thrown away. The people want the military used to protect the COUNTRY, not profits of companies.
So off of my soap box, please carry on.