It didn’t help Vietnam vets when we came home to cries of “baby killers” or rumors that we were poor employment candidates because we were all on hair triggers, or giving away South Vietnam and Southeast Asia when the bloody battles were won. Then years later to fight the government to put up the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C. and often the same battles within our states for local Memorials.
It didn’t help Gulf War vets when suffering from serious health issues that the military purged/lost many of their health records and President Clinton’s special commission wrote off their health problems as due to stress. BULL! Many of our Gulf War vets have perished from their “imagined” health issues…
It hasn’t helped Iraq vets when after winning the tough battles just like in Nam, we gave the territory back to the enemy, now known as ISIS.
It hasn’t helped Afghanistan vets after they see the rise of the Taliban as we do the bare minimum for the sake of domestic politics.
Yet, despite all this and more, we proudly stand during our National Anthem and salute our Flag. We still love our country, despite the many betrayals we have experienced, because it is the greatest country in human history! – Roger “Bear” Young