I was in the US Navy. I’m proud of it. But the Navy and me, we had a deal. They send me to school, I paid for the school by working on their ships for four years. The USN met their obligation, I met mine, and got an honorable discharge to prove it. Nobody owes nobody nuthin’ in my book.
Crap like the pic above pisses me off. The implication is that if you don’t forward it, and act all gung ho, you’re somehow unpatriotic or a commie or something.
The past several years, usually if I mention that I was in the Navy, someone says “Thank you for your service”. That disturbs me. It was a contract. I joined to get away from home, and to avoid a big debt from a student loan. I didn’t join because of patriotism. I think most the guys from my ships feel the same way.
“Thank you for your service” ….sounds like a new fad.
When someone says “Veteran”, I don’t think of me. I think of the 20+ year guys, who deserve a retirement check they can live on, and the benefits that go with it. I think of the combat guys, permanently damaged mentally or physically or both. They didn’t sign up for that, they deserve comensation and the care they need. I think of the guys that were drafted, who didn’t want to go but went anyway.
When I say I support Veterans, these are the people I’m talking about, not everyone who was ever in the military for any length of time.
So don’t thank me, I did it for the school, I did it for the travel. While I do love the USA, and consider myself a patriot, thats not why I joined the Navy, and the US Government owes me nothing.
And by the way, these whiny twerps that want their student loans forgiven can kiss my butt. Pay it back bitches. I don’t care if you think you got a bad deal, you agreed and it’s now your obligation. Meet it and quit your crying!
On the same note, last few years I perceive that a lot of one-hitch ex-military are playing the veteran card, apparently trying to get some benefits. I don’t agree with this either. We joined the military, we got out, the military is under no obligation, nor do we deserve, to be taken care of the rest of our lives because of it.
Over and out.