I am not a fan of Veterans Day, its a cop-out. To be fair I am not a fan of any holiday that is supposed to honor an unspecified person, people or event. They are all cop-outs. The only two holidays I do much for are Robert E Lee day and Easter.
I know most people are sincere in their desire to honor Veterans but for the most part it a day to sucker money out of people. 10% off on this, buy one meal get one free meal here, 2 grand off this car there…. all of it an attempt to sucker money out of people, in this case Veterans. My bar has Veterans Day 10% off everyday, so maybe I am the worse offender of all?
Most Vets do just fine in the outside world. That statistics showing otherwise don’t differentiate between Vets with honorable discharges ( the vast majority) and Vets who were kicked out (generally for various mental defects). Helping homeless vets is normally helping a shitbird, but no one will say that because their is money to made in the charity bidness and few people want to look bad
We all know about the various groups which help Veterans, Wound Warrior, Disabled American Vets, Veterans of Foreign Wars…. the list is long and most do good work, though I am actively engaged with groups which focuses on helping the surviving children of fallen Rangers. Why? Rangers get the least amount of press going and therefore the least amount of public support. If we don’t tend to our own, no one else will. I am all about my brothers, hell I even tolerate SEAL’s like you would your retard second cousin from your mothers nephews brothers side, but my heart and soul belongs to the Rangers. All I have achieved is based on the professionalism and work ethic installed in my 1st 6 years of service. I would not be me without the the Regiment fundamental lessons and testings of my integrity, tactical and technical competency.
In theory, the most important thing people can do for Vets is vote, but voting does fuck all. In practical terms raising hell is more effective. Raise hell about how fucked up the VA is; raise hell about the social experiments and political correctness negatively impacting combat effectiveness and elevating the risks our fighting men face(women in the military, queers in the military, the race baiting bullshit, the time wasted doing various SJW training vs training to kill and survive); raise hell about rules of engagement which put combat troops at risk( at one point in the A-stan, we couldn’t shoot a guy placing an IED but we could tool up a local beating his wife)……
You want to help Vets? Raise hell