Veteran’s day is today.
Technically, when you will be reading this, it was yesterday.
It is a day when we remember those that served.
I read something online that bothered me.
It was a reprint of a quote from some show host on cable, that made a big stain at the time.
He said he was “Uncomfortable” using the word hero to reference a soldier, living or dead.
I have never met the man, but I can tell you, without hesitation, that he has never served in the armed forces.
Not because of the opinion, but be because he said it at all.
There are, and have always been, soldiers who were not in favor of going where they have gone, and doing what they have done.
But they did it.
For whatever reason, even if it was a selfish one, they chose to serve.
And whether they realized it or not, they went all in on the “Dying for your country” thing.
And so, while you don’t have to agree with it, you don’t even have to like it.
But you should at least be grateful.
Or have the decency to keep it to yourself.
I red a thing online about some an assault on the subway in New York.
The assailant was, according to the report, “a crazy vet” who beat up some street kid that ran his mouth at an old woman.
It was over kill and he beat the hell out of the kid.
Three things here.
Point one. They couldn’t have been the only ones on the train, but only the “Crazy vet” came to the aid of the old woman?
Point two. I am a bit of a believer in Karma, as inconsistent as it can be. Hassle an old woman and someone kicks your ass, I call it even at that point.
Point three. Yeah, the vet broke the law. He may even be crazy. But, and this is the whole point here, how do you think he got that way?
Its kind of like that scene from a few good men, with Jack Nicholson?
The final scene where Nicholson, rotten son of a bitch that he is, is on the witness stand and talks about how, while people may find him grotesque, people want him on that wall, they need him on that wall. He doesn’t give a damn what you think, but he would rather you simply say thank you. Otherwise, grab a gun and man a post.
Maybe the whole point of today is not that we revere the personal character or choices of the soldiers.
But we are grateful that they decided to do the job that we wouldn’t do ourselves.
Let me end this post with a simple statement.
Thank you, each and every one of you.