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Mon Dec 28, 2020, 12:39 PM

6. My father who was a decorated combat veteran of three wars would be horrified at the fawning.

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He flew very dangerous combat missions in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam.
It is a miracle he survived any of it.

A first generation Irish American, his parents immigrated from County Mayo, Ireland to Boston in 1910.
He was fiercely proud of America, and loved this country to an extent that seemed almost ridiculous to his children.
He risked his life so many times for the country he loved dearly.

All this reverence, fawning, adoration would have been embarrassing and unwanted to him.
And almost an insult to a man who was just doing his job. A job he was proud and honored to perform.

When I grew up in the military, we all felt our fathers were just doing their jobs.
We did not see ourselves as special, unique or important.
The military paid my father a good salary, with benefits, housing, food allowance, medical.
It was a lot more than some civilians. We considered our selves lucky.

I know that some in the military now do not have a good standard of living, and I feel terrible about that.
This needs to change.

Just my 2 cents, and I know isn't a popular view.

Edited to add: I should mention my mother is a military vet as well, military nurse during the Korean War.
And my brother is also a Vet as well.

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