Originally Posted by Dave Lane
Well thanks SNR for a semi-reasonable response. The "pay check" of a service man is the surface of the compensation as you point out. The benefits if you stay in for 20 years are sort of amazing.
I'm not in favor of cutting their benefits. I still don't understand the worship of all things military. They are doing a job. They are being compensated. They volunteered. Many stay in because the "real" job market looks too tough to crack. I get it is potentially dangerous.
I don't get why they are treated as if they walk on water. I'm very glad some choose to do this so we don't have to draft people. I don't understand how this translates to hero status just because "they served". Frankly its a thing that has almost never been a part of society until recently. During WWII there was a big surge in nationalism / military appreciation. But prior to that most people just served and went home to normal lives and that was it.
In the last 15-20 years its been like the political 3rd rail of discussions. NO criticism or negative talk is allowed about veterans in any context. Just seems weird, and of course such things are never allowed to be discussed with out shouting down the person making the comments.
So shout away or answer rationally it is your choice. I just don't get it.
I do not think anyone thinks they are gods or walk on water. They do however deserve your respect. They are far from overpaid and to make the simply asinine statement that a 7-11 worker is in just as much danger is just silly. Granted many never see battle but those who end up in battle face horrors that are unspeakable. How many 7-11 workers end up missing limbs? Troops that stand the line willing to die for your freedom while you sleep comfortably in your bed deserve your respect and I find it disappointing that would need to be explained to you~