Ive mostly heard the funny stories like you Lawman. The Band of Brothers theme was so strong in these people. They did try to make thes best out of the worst situations and when they came home, they reinvigorated the nation with their stories, fortitude and devotion to our nation and their families.
Does anyone remember the commercials back in the day, "Don't forget, hire the Vet"? We couldn't get enough Veterans to fill the jobs back then. The military has created more leaders than every single college and university in this nation combined, we know that is true. Employers recognized that the US Military seal of approval meant they were getting a high quality, field tested product and we owed those Vets our Lives and at least a job as a small debt of gratitude.
Today, Veterans status falls somewhere between Once owned Sheep and I have a gay son. If your an American African, transgendered, Lesbian, Hermaphrodite of American Indian heritage, your getting the job! The only Veterans getting any attention are the ones weve mortally wounded. Nobody with a heart would deny they deserve the very best we can offer but how about their comrades?
Most of the Vets I served with have been deployed at least once and many have been to both sandboxes, multiple times. They truly are our future, no less so than our greatest generation that has for the most part now moved on to their next and final duty station. They were the greatest because we recognized their strengths and encouraged them to teach us what they know without living what they nearly died for.
The greatest generation will always be the next one to come but only if we treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves by preserving the principles that allowed the last greatest generation to earn that hallmark.