Do you ever cringe when a veteran of the post 9/11 conflicts get publicly thanked and honored for their service?

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My answer to Do you ever cringe when a veteran of the post 9/11 conflicts get publicly thanked and honored for thei…

Answer by Ken Larson:

As a veteran, yes I do ——- but not for the reasons your cartoon and some comments here depict.

Please remember that the government and the elected representatives of the country send soldiers to war.

“THE NEW YORK TIMES”

“The thanks comes across as shallow, disconnected, a reflexive offering from people who, while meaning well, have no clue what soldiers did over there or what motivated them to go, and who would never have gone themselves nor sent their own sons and daughters.

Something in the stomach tumbles from expressions of appreciation that are so disconnected from the “evil, nasty stuff you do in war; when your war turns out to have feet of clay — whether fighting peasants in Vietnam or in the name of eradicating weapons of mass destruction that never materialized.”

Honoring the Dead By Thanking the Living – The Right Way

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Do you ever cringe when a veteran of the post 9/11 conflicts get publicly thanked and honored for their service?

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About rosecoveredglasses

2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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