DSC_0084 In the news: Female vet says nasty note left on car accusing her of slighting vets

Their views-

From comments:

“It is a spot to honor those that have served and allow us the freedom to shop.”

“Aw, so close! She had me totally on her side until the snide, condescending question, “I served, did you?” I wholeheartedly respect and admire the decision to serve (including my family) but using your service as a cudgel to belittle others is elitist and self-righteous. Veterans absolutely deserve respect, yes, but every good person deserves respect. You don’t earn it by being all high and mighty.”

Comment on another post:

“My wife has parked in a marked Veterans spot at Harris Teeter before and got dirty looks from some old guy who pointed at his hat which said veteran. I spent 20 years on Active Duty and am now retired, as far as I’m concerned she sacrificed herself for the times I was deployed, so she can park there as well. Alot of people forget about those military spouses.”

Background:

Some businesses are now setting aside parking for veterans. The designated spots we are talking about here are for all veterans- no requirement Re: earning the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, having any physical disability, etc.

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My views-

This is all part of an ongoing militarization of American culture.

Growing up in the 60s & 70s- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys didn’t have special parking spaces over at the hardware store.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

Veteran’s Day 2014:

Huge number of comments Re: what sort of ID is proper to get free & discounted stuff-

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.

Hey veterans- do you get special parking spots on base?  Why move to divide people up into groups of first & second-class citizens away from the base?

2015-

I think it is strange that modern American culture sees veterans as separate & different from the rest of society.

There is no possibility that I would use one of these parking spots.

Meet some veterans who have become disgruntled Re: discount availability:

“Home Depot No Longer Honors all Veterans”

Well done guys.

“Memorial Day Freebies & Events For Active Military And Veterans”

 

I think this may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

Pro sports almost worships The Troops these days. Halftime sports announcers tell us that overseas military operations are somehow about American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization. The worst of it is individuals who claim that Americans wouldn’t have the freedom to post comments on newspaper websites if people had not given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.

Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas on the web- why would you be scolded for doing so?

More here:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

Military Myths & Propaganda

Goodbye Armistice Day

 

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