Nov 12 2013
I know this is a day late, but I just had to post an entry with the date: 11-12-13. How often will I be able to do that? Well, come to think of it, I guess just once.
There are some very interesting articles this Veterans Day. CNN for one has a great collection of thoughts from Veterans. They asked vets to go to the CNN website and share one thought they would like civilians to know about serving in the military. Contributors did this by completing this sentence:
My name is _______, I served in the _______ War or in the years _______, and the one thing I want you to know about military service is ________________.
The collection is fascinating – you can find it on CNN’s website.
The stories include responses from vets of recent wars, as well as Vietnam, Korea, the Cold War, and WWII. My two favorites are “I would do it all over again,” and, retired Master Sgt. Mike Butler’s statement that people should know that military life “damn sure isn’t how Hollywood portrays it.”
These contributions are offered with a gallery of the contributors’ photos, which makes the comments particularly compelling – especially the older black and white photos.
While CNN is writing about vets, there is an interesting and well written article in The Atlantic by a vet, Alex Horton, who served in Iraq. He has a bit of a different take on how society should treat vets: “Help Veterans by Taking Them Off the Pedestal”.
He offers an interesting perspective, especially in noting that the Greatest Generation was also honored for their post-war contributions to society. Conversely, the current generation of vets is being honored solely for their service time. It would be interesting to hear from the vets who read this – what are your thoughts on his article?
These are interesting articles that go along with celebrating vets for their service. However, there is a disheartening item for this Veterans Day. Mr. Horton links to a survey of hiring managers where it was found that more than half have a fear about PSD in the vets they consider hiring. That’s a sad revelation.
Anyway – Happy Veterans Day to my wife and all other vets! Hope you enjoyed the day (and some free meals).