by David Todd McCarty | Thursday, November 12, 2015
I originally began writing this on Veteran’s Day, mostly in response to the flood of nonsense I saw on my Facebook feed. It was just sheep. No thought. Just empty, saccharine gestures.
I didn’t post it out of the respect that I do have for people who have served, or are still serving in the military. It’s an often difficult, thankless job with shitty pay, and very few benefits. I understand why they feel they provide a service to a largely ungrateful nation.
But, and you knew there was going to be a but, I have an issue with the whole thing and I think it’s disingenuous to pretend that I don’t.
The truth is, I have a hard time reconciling my displeasure with how we utilize our armed forces in this country, with the sacrifices of the people who serve.