Let’s face it, we didn’t join the military to serve anybody. In fact, I joined at the tender age of 18 to run away from home (signed the week after my birthday, left for boot camp three days after my high school graduation). I went back in a second time because the Army funded my four years of beer and pool at Providence College and I owed them.
Most men of my generation joined because we wanted to do more than just hang out at our old high school haunts working a dead-end job.
For young people today it still is, despite the on-going never-ending “war on terror” (if they can get in -- you need to be like an Eagle Scout, have a College Degree, or preferably, be a motivated young female to even get in these days). It’s a sign of our collective national selfishness that military service is no longer considered REASONABLE but EXTRAORDINARY. All you need to do is complete basic training and people will treat you like a war hero. But you’re not. And every Veteran knows that -- whether they served in combat or not. We are not heroes just because we performed our REASONABLE service.
And the rest of America should strive to be a little better because of them. It’s reasonable.