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Colin wrote: As far as the videos are concerned, we owe the military personnel for doing a job that goes so unappreciated.
Thanking a soldier, etc. should be common decency,.
When I came home from active duty in 1972 I was greeted by a mother telling her young daughter "Yes, he is one of those baby killers" right in front of me. This happened in Houston, TX.
Today, I am so proud of how things have changed for our military, active and former military. Many retail organizations offer discounts, not only to active military, but to Veterans. On Veterans day, many restaurants offer free meals (nice meals) to Veterans. I rented a Penske truck to move the household contents from the coast to Central Texas. When they applied my military discount, it blew up their software and took nearly 45 minutes and 4 phone calls to correct. It normally takes 10 minutes to get the truck. The lady told two of the people she called I should get an additional discount because I was patient and a Veteran. The cost with the military discount was $428, after the phone calls, it was $156, plus they extended the duration one day for a 3 day rental and 3 dozen pads.
Also, when I show my retired military ID for a discount, I am always offered a heartfelt "Thanks for your service" from the employee. I have been in restaurants where the waiter/waitress tells a group of military in BDU's their meal has been paid. Of course, I live near Fort Hood, but even when I was in the greater Houston area, and visiting Phoenix, I have been warmly received by people working for a retail company offering discounts.
I am so happy these Veterans today are receiving more positive greetings than those from the Vietnam era. I am also proud of the citizens who pass along their appreciation to them. These Veterans today have made more deployments to war zones than any since the Civil War and Revolutionary War. They do deserve our appreciation, as all Veterans do. And remember, these guys/gals are all volunteers. And the only people I see screwing them now are the politicians decreasing their retirement pay.