Sunday, November 10 2013 @ 04:24 PM EST
Contributed by: Scroff
From the article;
I once talked to a World War II veteran about the experience of attending college after coming home, and asked if it was jarring to sit next to those who never served. I wondered if veterans huddled together under the umbrella of mutual understanding and thought less of civilians who never shouldered a rifle. His answer was surprising. They were proud of their time in uniform, he said, but for many, the war interrupted their lives, and education was a return to normalcy. Instead of a victory lap, they were more interested in getting back on track.
from The Atlantic
by Alex Horton
If everyone's a hero, then no one is a hero.
I've always felt all the "Support the Troops" hoopla is nothing more than a way to ease the guilt, for lack of a better word. Sure, send em some cookies, throw a yellow Chinese magnetic ribbon on your car, stick some flags in your car windows, say 'Thanks" whenever you find out someone is a vet (even though you really don't know what you're thanking them for, other than that elusive "service", but you know you're supposed to say it because ya know, they're vets) and you can feel good about your support for the troops.
"Support the troops" has become shorthand, in my not so humble opinion, for not questioning the status-quo when it comes to US military interventions world wide or the military-industrial complex. How about we "support the troops" by supporting the VA and jobs programs and treatment for returning vets? How about we "support the troops" by working to build an economy with, if need be, a new WPA type program to rebuild infrastructure and supply good jobs so young people don't feel the need to join the military as a way out? How about a living wage, for that matter? How about making education a priority again and available to everyone who wants to go so young people don't feel they have to join the military so they can go to school?
The author of this article, Alex Horton, was an infantryman in Iraq for 15 months. While he doesn't go as far as I do in my blurb here, he says what I've been feeling for a long time.
The article can be found below the fold.