I had some time to think about Veterans' Day today when Vets were seeking out other Vets and shaking hands, thanking each other for their Service.
I work in a huge warehouse with about 350 other guys (and a handful of female clerks), yet you could count the number of Vets on your fingers. Only one guy that wasn't a Vet came up to me and thanked me.
Hey, don't get me wrong - I'm not bitter that my efforts and those of others weren't more appreciated. That's not why I enlisted. I didn't go in for respect (ask any Private how much respect he gets) or back-patting, I went in because I was raised up to believe that when a young man came of age, he went into the military for a few years to SERVE, whether it was his choice or the draft boards' choice. It was an obligation, plain and simple. A side note as far as draftees go - I have nothing but respect for those that answered the call, did their 2 years and resumed their lives. For the cowards that ran off to Canada..... well, I don't think I need to express my opinion of those "men".
Now we've been at war for 10 long years, yet we don't have a single Vet from our current conflict working in our warehouse and it ain't because my employer won't hire them. It's because youngsters nowadays have this sense of entitlement and they take the rights that they enjoy for granted.
Not only do they not feel that sense of obligation, they also have damned little respect for those that fought and died to make sure that they can enjoy those rights and privileges.
Sad, isn't it?