Friday Video: In Honor of Veterans

Tuesday this week was Veterans Day. There is a vet who sits behind me at work and it embarrassed me that it was so business as usual. I think we should show respect to those who have sacrificed for others and Vets often sacrifice more than I will ever understand. There should be parades and at the very least they should be able to take a paid day off.

4 thoughts on “Friday Video: In Honor of Veterans”

  1. I had to travel for work on Tuesday and the co worker I traveled with is a vet. I was appalled she wasn’t just naturally given the day off!

  2. Part of the problem here in Australia is who we recognise as a vet… Anyone who serves in a branch of the military? Only those in combat roles? Only those that have served overseas? Only those who have served overseas during war time? What about the WACs and medical personnel who served off the front line?

    A friend of mine joined the reserves out of high school and was dropped on his head during training exercises just 20 minutes from our hometown. He now suffers on and off with crippling neuralgia. My cousin is in the air force and served as a sparky in East Timor. Do they count as vets?

    My uncle served in Vietnam, a conscript when he was 19. When he came home he couldn’t walk through open spaces, and skirted around the walls of rooms for years. He sexually abused several of the women in my family; and now still has nightmares that find him waking with his hands around my aunt’s throat. I don’t know how to honour that.

    1. 1) I consider anyone who has served in any military roll a vet.
      2) I am so incredibly sorry for you and your uncle. For me, veterans day is about acknowledging the sacrifices made. Your uncle clearly sacrificed a giant giant part of himself, possibly unwillingly, and I think a lot of people have to say “I see that.” OK, clearly that doesn’t excuse ANY of his actions, but I’m talking big picture.

      I don’t get to choose the wars we enter into, I don’t necessarily believe that we fight noble or necessary wars at the present, but in the US we function on an entirely volunteer-based military, and they are mostly from blue-collar worlds and under educated. They put themselves at risk based on the decisions of others and also so I don’t have to. I don’t think it is honoring war, but it is honoring that personal sacrifice. I sit in a place of privilege where I don’t have to give up part of myself to be that person out there and I want to say, I see you.

      1. This year on Rememberance Day (11/11) we had an extra minute’s silence at 11am for the forgotten fallen – those returned soldiers who’d taken their own lives. It was interesting that it was the first time it’d been ‘promoted’ on a national scale and was great for making people think about the ongoing costs. I consider my uncle a part of that ongoing cost; I only wish the types of support services available now had been available to him then, instead the homecoming he got.

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